Erica V. Walton has had her fair share of heartache and pain. The Chicago native grew up on the south side in the city’s Roseland community. She witnessed her family struggle with drug abuse and gang violence, survived the abandonment of her biological parents, homelessness, and molestation. Only to find herself in physically and emotionally abusive relationships due to unhealed trauma. By the age of twenty two, Erica was a single mother of four children, all under five. In 2011, she refused to continue carrying the baggage of her past.
Erica started the Black Girls Next Door in the summer of 2011. The foundation's focus was the empowerment of girls ages 7-17 years old. The programs taught them the importance of self care and sisterhood. After hosting camps, brunches and food drives for the homeless, she created the RoyalTee Collection apparel line, and wrote her first children’s book.
Over the course of ten years, Erica has become a certified wellness coach, written thirteen books, hosted hundreds of events and retreats to assist women on their healing journeys. In 2021, she underwent training to become a Reiki I & II practitioner as well as a doula. Becoming a doula was inspired by her own birthing trauma and the loss of her illustrator in child birth. Her goal is to be who she once needed for others. Her motto is "In my hand queens reign supreme".