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Author M.J. Logan loves writing and creating stories. She secretly started writing a story that her mother found and surprised her with a published book on her 14th birthday. That sparked a fire for her to keep writing and publishing her books. She’s currently in the midst of getting her 2nd book, the sequel to The Death Call, published and writing the third and final book in the series. It’s only been a year since she published her 1st book, and ideas are blazing like wildfire. Watch M.J.’s segment on YouTube.
Question: Tell me a little bit about yourself – names, ages, how long you’ve been entrepreneurs?
Answer: My name is Malia Logan, but my pen name is M.J. Logan. I turn 15 in January, and I’ve been an entrepreneur for a little over a year now.
Q: Do you have a website? If so, let us know what it is.
A: Yes, I do have a website. It’s AuthorMJ.com.
Q: What motivated or inspired you to start a business?
A: Well, I love writing and creating stories. I started writing my first book on a google doc as a secret, kind of an outside of school experiment for just me. I only told my mom about it, and my mom published it for me for my 14th birthday as a surprise. Ever since then, I have been continuing to write and sell my writing to others. It’s something that I love to do and am passionate about, so I wanted to share that with others.
Q: Please share an overview of your business.
A: Basically, I’m an author. So I go home and think of ideas and plotlines to write the books. Then I publish them and go to different marketplaces and festivals like the YouthBiz Marketplace tomorrow to sell the books. The business moves with the writing of the books, so me writing and creating new series and novels keeps the business going.
Q: What makes your business unique?
A: The business is unique because the books have different plotlines and differ from other genres and types of books. Also, not many young people are writing books right now. So it gives me an advantage that I’m young and writing books based on my own imagination.
Q: Tell us about some of the challenges you face being a young business owner.
A: Some of the challenges that I face being a young business owner is that I am still a child, so adults don’t take me as serious as they would an adult business owner. Also I’m not an adult, so I don’t have as much experience out in the world and it’s harder to promote your business. I also have to find my own time to write the books because I have stuff like school and homework, and education comes first.
Q: What is the best part about having your own business?
A: The best part of having your own business for me is that you’re your own boss. So you control how the products are made, how you’re going to sell them, and how much of your product you’re going to buy & make. Also, having your own business means you get to do what you love and are passionate about. Doing what you love is always the best job.
Why should other youth start a business?
A: Other youth should start their own business because again, you get to do what you love and it teaches you really good skills about how to deal with money and business.
Q: Please share about your involvement with Young Americans.
A: I haven’t had much involvement with Young Americans, but I have learned a lot from the times I have been involved with Young Americans. My school did Young Ameritowne, I have a savings and checking account with them, and I have done some marketplaces with them. In fact, I will be at both YouthBiz Holiday Marketplaces: tomorrow, Saturday December 2nd at Cherry Creek and Saturday, December 9th at Belmar.