Photo credits: Curvy Girl Publications/Melanin Boy Books
The young son of a “mompreneur” who is an established author and book publisher became a best-selling author in his own right while overcoming a major obstacle after being diagnosed with a learning disability.
Jamarion Rainey (pictured left) was diagnosed with ADHD in 2014. According to WebMD, ADHD is a “chronic condition marked by persistent inattention, hyperactivity, and sometimes impulsivity.”
This is predominantly a childhood disorder but for 66 percent of the children diagnosed, ADHD’s symptoms can last well into adulthood.
Jamarion, 8, is the author of the Amazon Best-Selling children’s book ADHD and ME: The Key. Kendra Rainey-King (pictured right), Jamarion’s mother, is the founder of Curvy Girl Publications and has published over two dozen books of her own, including No Limit to the Love I’m Giving. Rainey-King’s books entertain along the lines of drama and urban romance.
However, Melanin Boy Books is the publishing imprint Rainey-King uses for her son’s books in order to give him a voice of advocacy for children.
“This publication is where my son is able to express himself through his children’s books that he is often working on. It’s a publication for little brown skin boys just like himself to cope through various issues in society,” Rainey-King said in an exclusive interview with Vogue Dallas.
“I am most proud of this publication because its something my eight-year-old wraps his mind around and cares about it deeply,” she continued.
Jamarion’s mother also said it took two years for him to write his first book. “It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road – Jamarion’s ADHD had it’s ups and downs as he tried to finish his book. It took him two years to complete his book,” she also said in her interview.
In addition to selling a high amount of units on Amazon.com, Jamarion received a ton of other successes with his first book. It is officially archived in the public library of Dallas, Texas and he was interviewed about his book by the Lancaster Independent School District of Texas. Jamarion considers this to be the biggest accomplishment of his writing career.
“My proudest moment was [in November 2018] when I had my first interview with Lancaster ISD about my book. It was the most exciting thing that I’ve ever done,” Jamarion told Vogue Dallas.
Currently, Jamarion’s mother is working with him on a second book titled No Bullying Zone, which is scheduled to be released in May 2019. Purchase a copy of ADHD and ME: The Key here.