Dominique Alya Lewis is the creative genius behind the phenomenon, Alya Skye. After graduating from Houston Baptist University with a degree in marketing, she wanted to follow her life's calling by entering into the world of writing. She gained inspiration from her childhood creative outlets such as dance, theatre, and band. Falling in love with the works of Lauryn Hill and the late great Maya Angelou, inspired her even more to create stories from her love of words. Before releasing her first book, (My) Pain is Beauty, Dominique shared her passion on multiple platforms of social media under her alias Alya Skye, where she released poems, original quotes, inspirational pieces of her writing, and more. Now being a published author, she hopes to continue on this path of creativity and has her sights set on greater goals for her career as an author, writer, and poet. To continue following Alya Skye on her journey, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube channel, and Facebook @Authoralyaskye.
The vision of becoming an author was one I chose to be blinded to for many years. I stifled my creative thoughts and placed stories that developed within my imagination on back burners. I did not want to walk a path that I couldn’t see for myself. I didn't allow myself to dwell within an emotional space long enough to create. I never allowed myself to discover my love of words. That was until I sat in my bed, for nights straight, writing my first poem for the funeral of my father. I felt such a sting to express every emotion I was feeling. It was as if my soul thirsted to feel that pain, allow my words to heal, and to release it. Dwelling within that moment, birthed my first poem ever written, Daddy Help Me Understand. From there, began what I consider to be, the becoming of Pretty Bird.
The Late Great Maya Angelou
“A bird's beauty doesn’t end with the color of its wings. Its beauty continues within the weathered feathers by its inner storm.
I am Pretty Bird.”