Interview with Valenciya Lyons

What inspired you to write your latest book, Flawed and Dangerous?
The prevalence of bullying inspired me. There are parents who actually have to homeschool their children because it's so bad. Some people blame social media but it's not facebook or twitter; it's the people behind the screen who are attacking their victims that's causing the problems. I like to write about things like this because I have seen the damage that can be done to a person when they're bullied or have low self esteem coupled with that. This isn't a typical book about someone who's bullied and who just sits around and takes it. I've included major twists in this one. I wanted to go all out because I'm not sure when I'll be writing about this again. I may try my hand at more romance or something; but in the end, I know I'll probably end up coming back to the young adult genre because it's my favorite one to write about.
How do you approach cover design?
I cannot design a cover to save my life! So I use selfpubbookcovers.com to search for a cover that captures the book’s theme and grabs the reader’s attention.
What are you currently working on next?
I have several stories that I'm currently developing and researching at the moment.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading any book that captures my attention; however, I am a magazine junkie. I was a fashion major in college so I love to flip through the pages of Life & Style and In Touch Weekly to see what the celebs are wearing. I also read Ebony, Essence, People StyleWatch, Elle, and Marie Claire on a regular basis.
Who is an inspirational person in your life?
My grandmother. She’s a very strong woman who has overcome many battles in her life. She’s taught me to be strong and to work hard in life to get to where I want to be. And it’s working.
What’s the name of the last book you read?
Black Love White Lies by Genesis Woods
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Genesis Woods, Kiki Swinson, Elizabeth Nelson, and Mary Monroe. There are really just too many to list!
What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Sweet tea. I need a glass of tea right now! Oh and I cannot forget about my cappuccino.
What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas.
What are some of your favorite shows?
Anything on the ID Network. I love watching Judge Judy and Judge Mathis. I’m also a huge fan of 2 Broke Girls. They always make me laugh.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Reading anything that catches my attention, browsing books online and in stores, stargazing, and baking desserts
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
After I’ve purchased a book from authors that I like, I will randomly browse for other books.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I picture myself writing more books with a pen in one hand and a glass of tea or cappuccino in the other. I’m not married nor do I have children so I may be chasing a toddler or two and preparing dinner for a husband. After I tuck them all into bed, I’ll probably try to squeeze in writing another chapter or two.
What’s next for Valenciya Lyons?
More ebooks and one day a clothing boutique. I still want to put my fashion degree to use.
Published 2017-12-03.
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Books by This Author

Autumn
Series: Unpopular in Love. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,340. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Suffering the loss of her grandmother and mother have hardened Autumn’s heart. Frequent run-ins with the woman she blames for her mother’s early death doesn’t help either. A chance encounter with a man from her past brings back feelings she ignores. But the more she pushes him away, the more he is determined to soften her heart. One kiss and touch at a time.
Luna
Series: Unpopular in Love. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,920. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Luna Larson has always lived under the watchful eye of her parents. With her head in the books, she manages to earn herself a full scholarship. With a newfound independence, Luna breaks free from her parents controlling reins—yet she still yearns for their approval. The one thing she didn’t count on was falling in love…with someone her parents don’t approve of.
Linden
Series: Unpopular in Love. Price: Free! Words: 16,150. Language: American English. Published: June 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
In high school, Linden was the unpopular nerd who was never invited to any of the cool parties. Addison was the popular kid who never had to try hard to get girls to like him. Fate lands them at the same college. He ignores the flirty stares he gets from other girls. The only girl whose attention he wants is hers—and she won’t give him the time of day.
Loving Adria
Price: Free! Words: 12,750. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
She only sees the idiot who broke her heart when she looks at him. And he sees a beautiful woman he wished he would’ve kept by his side. Now he wants a second chance. But will she give it to him?
Toxic Love
Price: Free! Words: 21,340. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Kade Briones has not ever been in love before. Then she meets Chad Lawrence who seems like everything she could ever want in a man: funny, sweet, smart, and sexy as hell. The more time she spends with him the more she begins to believe that he’s her prince charming. But she soon finds out some troubling information about him that makes her rethink their relationship. And it may cost her life.
The Outsider
Series: The Outsider. Price: Free! Words: 26,020. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Between her home and school life, Emma Brisson feels like a ghost in the shadows. Being bullied on a daily basis in high school isn’t helping her self-esteem and being ignored by her mother at home doesn’t help either. Now four years later she still can’t seem to put the painful memories behind her.
A New Beginning
Series: The Crossroads. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 30,280. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Cami has survived it all. She had a miscarriage and tried to commit suicide. Now someone wants to take her life away. But will she make it out alive?
Life After Natalie
Series: The Crossroads. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 58,800. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
Cami has survived a suicide attempt, miscarriage, and heartbreak. She’s slowly starting to get her life back on track. But as hard as she tries to move on, she can’t. As if things couldn’t get any worse, the school bully, Kelly Davidson, is now targeting her sister. With her back against the wall, Cami makes a decision that even she didn’t see coming.
You Don't Belong
Series: The Outsider. Price: Free! Words: 24,700. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
(5.00 from 1 review)
Seina Santiago and Ashlynn Lindley are two Atlanta sisters who seem to have it all. Seina’s married to a handsome ex-police officer turned mechanic and works as a gym instructor while Ashlynn parties hard until the sun rises the next day. But Ashlynn hates her sister and will stop at nothing to ruin her life for good. And when a family secret surfaces, lives will be changed forever.
Cami's Decision
Series: The Crossroads. Price: Free! Words: 60,920. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit, Fiction » African American fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Following the discovery of an unplanned pregnancy, sixteen-year-old Cami swears her best friend to secrecy. But someone soon discovers her secret and quickly spreads it across town. Just as Cami finally thinks she has everything figured out, a devastating tragedy occurs that will change her life forever. But will she be strong enough to handle it?