We had the good fortune of connecting with Emiko Love and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emiko, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
To be honest that’s kind of a layered question. I’ve always been an entrepreneur. I can remember selling hot Cheetos and Capri Suns in high school using my allowance money to buy my cases from Smart & Final. I have always had a hustling spirit from a child, but when it came to becoming an author it was just like me finally doing something that has always came natural.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m nowhere near where I want to be or thought I’d be by now , I’m learning to acknowledge and give praise to the journey/how far I’ve come. There are many people who have a story to tell that lye dormant as a dream in their subconscious. I have had the pleasure of self publishing multiple books not because I wanted to, but because I had to. There was no one who reached back and extended the grace of shared resources for me, but it fueled me to want to be what I didn’t have to others. I initially didn’t even set out to self publish, but I was tired of hearing “no” and believed my words were important. This journey wasn’t and is not easy, but I’m committed to the process no matter how much I want to quit sometimes because I know there is someone out there who needs my voice. Continuing to press on in spite of what made me want to turn my back on my books helped me overcome. I learned that the closest people to you won’t always be the first to support or clap the loudest, but to keep going in spite of. I have learned that some people would rather acknowledge your work in private than in public because of feeling threatened, but you can not let the bad encounters harden your heart. I would love for people to know that my writing is not luke warm stanzas and hype, but honesty in the purest form. When they see my success in the future I want people to know I cried, starved, and was homeless for this. Regardless of how my story pans out with my writing or how it may appear when I finally get to the top of the mountain I want people to know this was 21 long years in the making with many moments of quitting. The only difference between me and anybody else who wants to write is that I kept going choosing to write anyway.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I recently moved to Kansas and I have barely left my apartment besides to work/grocery shopping so I couldn’t even tell nobody what’s fun here. lol Check back with me in a couple months?
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have three people that I would like to recognize if that’s okay. I would love to recognize my sister Naimah who has opened her beauty bar called Prinstine Esthetic in Lakewood California. She has been in business less than a year, but I am so inspired by her growth as a business owner. I would also love to recognize Ashauni who is part owner of Herbal Recharge. When it comes to supporting black businesses and collaborating with other women she is a class act! She is always quick to share tips and is never one to hide the game which is so admirable. On top of that, her products are beautifully packaged and amazing quality. Last, but certainly not least I want to recognize The amazing memoir of my sis Dyamond called Dyamond in the Rough. I believe her story is powerful and deserves to be shared more because the way it was written is so unique and truly ground breaking. It gives a fresh prospective to mental health and the journey of healing trauma as a black woman from Los Angeles. I rarely cry reading, but I was literally moved to tears hearing her story that went beyond what I even knew as her friend and sister.
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