[For the ‘official bio’ stuff, check at the bottom!]
Hey there, I’m Jo Narayan (Nuh-RAY-un if you’re interested in trying it, but I won’t be upset if you mess it up). It’s great to meet you.
After I take another sip of my fav Chai latte with soy, I’ll tell you a bit about my background.
Mmm. Okay. Ready to go!
My love of storytelling started young–I remember creating stories on a computer game called Storybook Weaver at the age of 8. By the time I turned 12, all of my stories had an element of fantasy to them. In high school I channeled my teenage angst into poems about my feelings and stories about witches and demons.
In college, I pursued a degree in Psychology because I wanted to be a therapist. My aim was to take my listening ear–the one everyone I knew seemed to want to use–and hone it. Shortly after getting my degree I encountered a situation which showed me I was not quite ready to make that my career. But a few years later… I discovered coaching.
Now I combine my love of fiction with my desire to help others. I’m a dark fantasy author who specializes in stories centered on emotion and growth…. and I’m a mindset coach. Because I’ve discovered that mindset is the key to everything: to healing, to growing, and to achieving.
You can usually find me writing on my Dell Inspiron gaming laptop (which I barely even game on), coaching and discussing mindset, journaling, or playing with my three-year-old.
I absolutely love dark fantasy, mindset and self-growth, and all things in the occult/new age category. You’ll see posts about these topics, along with book reviews, writing updates, and the occasional freebie, in my blog.
The only thing I love more than playing video games with my daughter is writing and talking the above topics–I’d love to chat with you about these any time! This frazzled corporate lackey by day and writer/coach by night will rock your socks off when it comes to the things I’m passionate about.
If you’re interested in walking on the Darker Side of fantasy (it’s true, there are cookies), or in flexing your creative muscles in a new direction (up), you’ll love my content. If there’s anything you’d like to see or chat about, hit me up—reply to any of my posts or message me directly: Jo@JoNarayan.com
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Jo Narayan grew up in East Tennessee, in the southeast United States. She was a storyteller and avid reader from a young age, and always dreamed of being an author.
After completing college and finding a ‘real job’, she finally decided to pursue her dream of authorship. She gained 10+ years of writing experience before publishing her debut novel. Since publishing, she has also become a mindset coach to guide fellow creatives to achieve their grandest dreams.
Jo is a gamer at heart, enjoying titles as varied as World of Warcraft, The Sims, Animal Crossing, and Tetris. Her favorite book series are Harry Potter, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunger Games, Animorphs, and the Dark Hunter series. She is a proud Slytherin and is obsessed with the colors green and purple, the existence of unicorns, and her rabbit Sprinkles.
Official “short” bio
Jo Narayan is a Tennessee native who gained 10+ years of writing experience before releasing her debut novel, The Wraith’s Bargain and becoming a mindset coach for creatives. She enjoys gaming, reading, and searching for unicorns in her spare time.