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Jayomi Sky Douglas: “Don’t be afraid of others opinions of your work”

I hope to inspire and motivate those who also have been victims of bullying. To let them know that its not their fault and its ok to let an adult know when they’re being mistreated. And to also let the the Bullies know that our feelings matter. As part of my series about “How to write […]

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I hope to inspire and motivate those who also have been victims of bullying. To let them know that its not their fault and its ok to let an adult know when they’re being mistreated. And to also let the the Bullies know that our feelings matter.


As part of my series about “How to write a book that sparks a movement” I had the pleasure of interviewing Jayomi Sky Douglas.

Jayomi Douglas is a 10 year-old-born in Livingston NJ. She started school at 2 ½ years old. She currently attends Charter School, Easton Arts Academy in Easton, PA. She excels in all subjects but her strongest subject has always been Reading. Her mom who is a college graduate and former teacher helps enhance her writing skills by encouraging her to keep a detailed journal about her feelings and emotions.


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you share the “backstory” about how you grew up?

I was born in Livingston, NJ May 1, 2010. My Mom said she had the easiest delivery with me out of all 4 of her children. I lived in East Orange N.J until I was about 4 years old. We moved to Easton, Pa when I was 4 and the rest is history. (smile)

When you were younger, was there a book that you read that inspired you to take action or changed your life? Can you share a story?

The book “Black Brother” inspired me to take action because Dante’ (the main character in the book) was bullied by Aaron. This is very similar to the issues I’ve had at school with the boy named Jeremiah who taunted me every single day about how I looked and my weight.

What was the moment or series of events that made you decide to bring your message to the greater world? Can you share a story about that?

Well, during the time when I was getting bullied I felt helpless. I would tell my teachers but it seemed like nothing was being done about it. I told my mom and she went to the school numerous times and still nothing had been done about it. Finally, I told my Mom (in tears) that I don’t want to go back to school. My mom told me to write all my feelings in my journal to help me feel better. My feels became my book, The Misfit…

What impact did you hope to make when you wrote this book?

I hope to inspire and motivate those who also have been victims of bullying. To let them know that its not their fault and its ok to let an adult know when they’re being mistreated. And to also let the the Bullies know that our feelings matter.

Did the actual results align with your expectations? Can you explain?

So far I have received overwhelming feedback from both kids and adults who said they found my book very inspirational.

What moment let you know that your book had started a movement? Please share a story.

The moment where Adults have reached out to me let me know my story reminds them of a time when they were bullied and that my story triggered those old feelings that still effects them til this day.

What kinds of things did you hear right away from readers? What are the most frequent things you hear from readers about your book now? Are they the same? Different?

Most of the feedback I’ve received has been extremely positive! Everyone has shared how much they love the book and how inspirational in their lives.

What is the most moving or fulfilling experience you’ve had as a result of writing this book? Can you share a story?

The most moving experience was when my mom cried. I asked her why she was crying and she told me that she also felt helpless during the time I was being bullied. She shared that she didn’t know what else to do and that she was just so proud of me for turning such a negative experience into a positive one. This is when I knew that Bullying doesn’t just effect the person being bullied but others as well.

Have you experienced anything negative? Do you feel there are drawbacks to writing a book that starts such colossal conversation and change?

So far I haven’t experienced anything negative but I can see Bullies being very defensive about this subject.

Can you articulate why you think books in particular have the power to create movements, revolutions, and true change?

Books have the power to create movements, revolutions and true change because for me reading is an escape. Often times when I need help finding answers I try to find a book of some sort to help me find the answers.

What is the one habit you believe contributed the most to you becoming a bestselling writer? (i.e. perseverance, discipline, play, craft study) Can you share a story or example?

My resilience has contributed to my success as a writer because there were days I wanted to give up and let the bully win. I didn’t want to go to school some days but I decided not to let that happen and not let the bullies get the best of me.

What challenge or failure did you learn the most from in your writing career? Can you share the lesson(s) that you learned?

Because I am fairly new to writing and this is my first book I haven’t really experienced any challenges so far.

Many aspiring authors would love to make an impact similar to what you have done. What are the 5 things writers needs to know if they want to spark a movement with a book? (please include a story or example for each)

  1. Find your “Why”- My why, was because I was a victim of bullying.
  2. Figure out a way to spread your message- I decided to write a book about it but for someone else may want to write a song instead.
  3. Never give up- There were points where I wanted to give up, I got writers block or didn’t know how people would react to what I had to say but I kept going.
  4. Take Action- Whether you’re writing a book or writing a song, make a plan and execute.
  5. Ask for feedback- Don’t be afraid of others opinions of your work. This is a good way to know who your followers are.

The world, of course, needs progress in many areas. What movement do you hope someone (or you!) starts next? Can you explain why that is so important?

My next movement would be in some way related body image. Social media in particular has altered the way society feels about body images. As a result of this I have noticed lots of body shaming which has also caused low self esteem etc…This is definitely and issue that needs to be discussed.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

My readers can find me on Instagram @jayomi_sky

Thank you so much for these insights. It was a true pleasure to do this with you.

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