A regular child living a regular life, Charron Monaye quietly occupied the space she was assigned and accepted the life she lived as status quo. An above average student, she did what she had to do. There was no room for complaints. Ms. Monaye learned to keep her thoughts to herself. Like many young girls, she kept a journal, except hers consisted of poetry which she never expected to give a voice. Only out of necessity did she put it on paper. To hold it inside was too overwhelming. Finally releasing her thoughts, even if only on paper, was empowering. “Writing gives me an opportunity to educate others through their personal journey, inspire others to share their stories to help and heal those in need, and provides me with a sense of personal fulfillment in knowing I’ve used my gift for the betterment of society,” says Ms. Monaye.
Prompted by her mother, she entered and won her first poetry contest in 1992 at age fourteen with a poem titled “Alone.” This was just the beginning for young Charron Monaye. She learned that the way to “live” through all she was going through, she had to channel the pain into her art. Music, literary arts, and stage plays became her voice. Ms. Monaye wants readers to know, “You hold the key to everything you want, desire, and envision for yourself. Asking for permission to be you is the #1 reason why many people live a life unfulfilled or with no purpose. Everything I write is geared to coach you, challenge you, and motivate you to be comfortable with who are you while loving yourself authentically and unapologetically. “As life would have it, she was once again given the opportunity to channel her emotions.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree at West Chester University (Political Science), life continued to be a rollercoaster. Driven still, she went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Public Administration (concentration in Government) from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a certificate in Paralegal Studies and Life Coaching. Then, suddenly – BOOM! She suffered multiple life-altering panic attacks at the ripe young age of thirty. Talk about a wake-up call. Charron had to reassess her life in order to live. She had to remove toxicity, manage overwhelming financial setbacks, and muster up the strength to leave an unhealthy marriage, all while raising her children and trying to manage a semblance of normalcy for them. In the midst of it all, Charron Monaye started adapting her poems into songs. In 2011, her poem, “Commitment” was adapted into song and commercially recorded by artist ML The Truth and was considered for a Grammy Award. This song, and her other poem, “I Apologize” appears on his album, “The Truth”.
Expanding her love of the arts once again to find her voice, power, and strength, she released her first book of poetry, “My Side of the Story,” in 2010 under Purposeful Publishing, LLC in St. Louis. “My Side of the Story” was so raw, so transparent about her marriage and divorce, that it was adapted into a stage play entitled “Living Your Life” and featured in the Black Theater Festival in Washington D.C. with actress D’atra Hicks. Realizing the power of her words, Charron created her literacy company, Pen Legacy, in 2015, which would offer self-publishing, script-writing and writing services, and writing/empowerment coaching.
Since then, Charron Monaye has gone on to author eight books, co-author two books, and write/produce two theatrical productions. She was a former content contributor for CNN iReport and The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals. In addition, her works can be found in eleven book and poetry anthologies across the world. While building her own brand, she has helped hundreds find their own voice and managed to launch the writer and publishing career. In the last two years, she has been employed to adapt novels and life stories into theatrical scripts and published eight individuals. Then, suddenly, she was nominated by millionaire mogul Dr. Tiana Von Johnson to receive a Doctorate of Philosophy (Humane Letters) from CICA International University & Seminary and was later honored with the degree in August 2017.
Compelling women, men, and girls with her story and equipping them to succeed, Ms. Monaye continues to inspire others to use their voice to stand in the power of their greatness through her talks, workshops, and keynote addresses. According to Ms. Monaye, “My long-term dream is to break into film and television by adapting my books into screenplays to provide another means of positive entertainment and empowerment.”
Charron Monaye is a loving mother of two amazing sons, Christopher and Craig. She is an active and financial member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Epsilon Rho Zeta Chapter, and Order of Eastern Star – Ruth Chapter #66 (PHA~ PA). She is also a lifestyle blogger for MadisonJaye.com.