Meet ‘Ardre Orie’ The Celebrity Ghostwriter and CEO Of 13th & Joan Publishing
Writers spend pockets of time in solitude coming up with ideas and content. Knowing that you write as other people, how do you balance your creative and home life?
It’s a challenge. I am a soccer-mom, I’ve been married to my high-school sweetheart for almost 16 years, and we have three children. My family does not care about my career at all. My family is the traditional family, so it allows me to snap back out of any character that I may be in. I also pray a lot and try to sit in silence, as well. I have an office in my home, which I call the dungeon, and I go down there and write, and when I’m done, I’m right back into mommy-wife mode.
You started Pretty Girls Read as a bridge for women and girls to become active readers daily. Since social media has become the new norm to receive content, how important is it for one to read consistently?
When I go back to the fact of us not being able to read at all, picking up a book is vitally important. When you can hold something that used to be denied to you, that’s powerful. My youngest daughter is 8 years old, and we go to Barnes and Noble often, so she can get new books, and I also have books throughout my home. The ability to recognize the value in books is something that we should take advantage of because again, this is something that we would be punished for in earlier times.
I grew up in a single parent home, but I was raised by very strong women. My grandmother was born on the 13th of October and my mother’s name is Joan. I realized that my story is the intersection between these two women. All of they are is who I’ve become, so, therefore, I named the company 13th & Joan. When I started 13th & Joan Publishing, I wanted to write specific stories, and release them with no constraints. I wanted to create something for myself and others that was affordable and helped writers to achieve their literary goals. At 13th & Joan, we have three services: 1. ghostwriting, 2. author coaching, and 3. publishing. With each process, there’s a system that’s put in place to allow for growth in creative and financial areas. We make goals attainable for our authors.
Is there an expiration date for great content?
Not at all. I think that’s when you realize that you have something good. When I listen to Biggie or Tupac, that has not expired. If someone writes a blog post and takes a paragraph from that post to start another one, that’s powerful. There are no new things being done. We are all remastering things that have been done before.