Valerie McAllister is an author, entrepreneur and the co-owner of Generational Words LLC and Eyes of Your Heart Entertainment, which she co-owns with her two daughters, Kia and Talia.
“My family and I are “Expression Artist”, who have a mission to support positive expression, as a vehicle to uplift, promote, encourage, and motive people to be their most creative self.”
Valerie is the author of, “The Book Club” and “Carol’s Return, The Book Club 2” She co-wrote her first Anthology, entitled, “Make Pain Pay”, in 2018.
Valerie’s newest project is, The Ladies of the Book-club Web-series. The web-series was inspired by her self-published book series that depicts the lives of eight African American women who form a bond of sisterhood through their dependable book club meetings. The ladies are doing their best to navigate through their lives, loves, and drama with the help of their book-club sister-friends.
Valerie previously hosted Sistah-Talk with Valerie, a half hour radio talk show geared toward empowering women. Sistah-talk was aired on Rejoice Radio 101.3 FM Ms. McAllister co-produced and acted in two short films under Eyes of Your Heart Entertainment, entitled “Legacy” and “Stays Together”. The two projects were produced and directed by her daughter, Kia Reed. The film, “Legacy”, was entered into the Washington DC. 48 hour film festival and won the Impact Award and Audience Favorite. Valerie’s repertoire also includes community activist, motivational speaker, and financial services coach. Valerie is the mother of two adult children, Kia and Talia and the grandmother of seven wonderful grandchildren. Valerie says that her purpose on this earth is to recreate our “village” one community and one person at a time.
“I love working with my daughters. They are very intelligent young women who keep me on my toes. Talia the business manager. She sings and writes music. Kia is the Production Director. She writes, directs and produces film.”
VERSAFI MAGAZINE: I SEE YOU WEAR MANY HATS IN THE INDUSTRY OF BUSINESS. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT GENERATIONAL WORDS LLC AND EYES OF YOUR HEART ENTERTAINMENT.
VALERIE MCALLISTER: I started Generational Words LLC to support and empower women their best self and as a legacy to my children and grandchildren. I believe that we all have gifts and our gifts will make a way for us. I come from a family that is gifted with words and expression. One night I had a dream. In the dream, God reminded me of how powerful words can be and how they are expressed in so many forms. When I awoke, I wrote down the words, Generational Words. The name represented who we were as a family. Initially, Generational Words provided a platform for my motivational speaking engagements, as well as publishing support for aspiring writers. The business soon began to grow and expand to include music promotion and film production.
My oldest daughter, Kia, grew interested in developing short films. She talked me and my youngest daughter into entering the “48 Hour Film Festival” in DC. We wrote, produced and directed a short film entitled, “Legacy”. We received two awards and were bitten by the film bug every since. It was Kia’s idea to add an entertainment arm to GW. She was moved by a verse in the bible, Ephesians 1:18 – I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.
We have since sponsored several women’s empowerment events, published two books, produced three short films, written several songs, and launched our first webseries under Generational Words LLC.
VERSAFI: HOW IS IT WORKING WITH YOUR DAUGHTERS AND BEING CO-OWNER OF BOTH ORGANIZATIONS?
VALERIE: I love working with my daughters. They are very intelligent young women who keep me on my toes. Talia the business manager. She sings and writes music. Kia is the Production Director. She writes, directs and produces film.
VERSAFI: WHAT DOES BEING A GOOD ENTREPRENEUR MEANS TO YOU?
VALERIE: A good entrepreneur? That is an interesting question. Well, like Michelle Obama says, “We are all becoming”. My daughters and I work hard on building our brand. It is not easy. We all have full-time jobs. My daughters have children. Sometimes, it’s hard to take off that superwoman cape that says we should do all and be all. Balance is very important to me.
I try to remember my purpose in all this. With that, I set “smart goals” for myself. I surround myself with individuals that are positive and we support one another. I try not to bite off more than I can chew. Most importantly, I trust GOD.
VERSAFI: THERE ARE A LOT OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS WHO WORK FULL TIME AS A BUSINESS OWNER AT HOME, DO YOU WORK FULL-TIME ON BOTH BUSINESSES OR DO YOU HAVE A REGULAR 9 TO 5 AS WELL?
VALERIE: I have a regular 9-5 as well.
VERSAFI: LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR BOOKS “THE BOOK CLUB” AND “THE BOOK CLUB 2” WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND BOTH OF THOSE BOOKS?
VALERIE: I didn’t intend to write a book. I was a part of a book club for many years. I moved to Boston in 2014. While there, I really missed the friendships that I had made while in the book club. We helped each other get through some of the most difficult times in each of our lives. One day I sat down and started writing. I must have gotten through about four pages, when I realized that I had created a story about a group of fictitious, African American women who navigated through their life drama with the help of their book club sisters. When I returned home, I read it to my sister, who literally locked me in the room and made me finish the story. That’s how it began.
VERSAFI: WHAT GENRE ARE YOUR BOOKS?
VALERIE: I would say urban fiction, although I just started a non-fiction anthology with 12 other writers.
VERSAFI: TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR FIRST ANTHOLOGY YOU CO-WROTE CALLED “MAKE PAIN PAY”
VALERIE: A friend of mine, who is also an author, asked me to be a part of “Make Pain Pay”. It is about how myself and the other authors got through the most difficult time in our lives and came out victorious. I wrote about when I lost my mother. I can’t think of a time that was more difficult or painful in my life. The lost of my mother took me to a dark and desperate place. But God! That’s all I can say about that.
VERSAFI: YOUR LATEST PROJECT “THE LADIES OF THE BOOK-CLUB WEBSERIES” TALKS ON THE EIGHT WOMEN WHO FORMED THE BOOK CLUB. WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO CREATE A PROJECT AROUND THAT?
VALERIE: I wanted people to see and feel the characters. I wanted them to get to know them and to cheer for them and hurt with them. I think that most people are visual so I felt that putting my book in film form would bring them to life for people and make them want to know more. Hence, go read the book. LOL
VERSAFI: YOU ARE ALL ABOUT EMPOWERMENT AND I LOVE IT. HOW ARE YOU EMPOWERING OTHERS IN YOUR COMMUNITR COMMUNITY?
VALERIE: Thank you. I try to provide support and knowledge when and where I can. I sit on a national health equity board where I try to speak for the voiceless. I do Facebook Live streams about community issues. I hold “Mask Down” events for women to support them in releasing hidden and buried pain so that they can begin to heal, renew, and live in peace. I write books about the struggles that people go through.
VERSAFI: BESIDES CO-OWNING TWO BUSINESSES AND BEING AN AUTHOR, YOU CO-PRODUCED AND ACTED IN TWO SHORT FILMS. WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER THAT YOU WANTED TO BE INVOLVED IN THE FILM INDUSTRY?
VALERIE: I had such a great experience with my family doing the “48 Hours Film Festival”. I actually wrote the part that I played in “Legacy”. It was a lot of work, but it was so exciting that I just decided, why not? We can do that!
VERSAFI: ARE THERE ANY OTHER PROJECTS YOU ARE WORKING ON LATER ON THIS YEAR?
VALERIE: I am working on another anthology entitled, “The Corona Chronicles”. It is about myself and 12 other writer’s experience during this pandemic. I am also writing script to continue the web series. My daughter Kia and I are working on a workshop for inspiring writers. I am building my financial counseling services. I also would like to do a documentary.
VERSAFI: WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU?
VALERIE: I will let you know when God tells me.
VERSAFI: HOW CAN READERS CONNECT WITH YOU?
VALERIE: Readers can contact me at email@example.com; FB: Valerie Robinson McAllister or FB: theladiesofthebookclub; IG: theladiesofthebookclub
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