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ReShonda Tate Billingsley always did have an active imagination. From making up stories to crafting award-winning poems, the national bestselling author has maintained a love for storytelling. After numerous rejections from publishers, ReShonda stepped out on faith, established her own publishing company, and released her debut novel, My Brother’s Keeper. It’s a move that paid off as megahouse publisher, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books picked up the book, and to date, has published most of ReShonda’s books.
A well-respected journalist for more than two decades, Reshonda has worked as a Television Reporter and Anchor for stations in Oklahoma City, Beaumont, and Houston. ReShonda also works an editor for the Houston Defender Newspaper, as well as a professional editor, ghostwriter and literary consultant. She left her job at FOX 26 News in Houston in 2007 to write full-time.
And write she does…
ReShonda is the national bestselling author of more than 40 books. She writes both adult and teen fiction, as well as nonfiction. Several of her books have been optioned for movies, including her sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, directed by actress Regina King, and produced by TD Jakes and Queen Latifah. ReShonda made her on-screen movie debut in the film, which aired in August 2015 and was one of BET’s highest rated original programs. Two more of ReShonda’s books will become movies on TV One (The Secret She Kept, which ReShonda also makes an appearance in, airing July 10, 2016) and (The Devil is a Lie, airing Fall 2018).
A highly sought-after motivational speaker and award-winning poet, ReShonda is the recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature for her book Say Amen, Again and was also nominated for her books Mama’s Boy and The Secret She Kept. She has received a plethora of distinguished awards and honors for her journalism, fiction, and poetry writing skills, including an induction into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and a Texas Top Author honor. Considered one of the top Inspirational Fiction authors in the country, her books remain a staple on Bestseller’s lists and have been featured in USA Today, Jet, People, Essence, and Ebony Magazines.
ReShonda, along with National Best Selling author, Victoria Christopher Murray, is the co-founder of Brown Girls Books, a boutique publishing company aimed at producing quality books from fresh voices and fan favorites. The company boasts a roster of more than 40 authors. ReShonda and Victoria are also the founders of WritersPro, which provides digital and live workshops to help new, established and veteran writers take their talents to the next level.
An active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Jack & Jill of America, ReShonda is also a former professor of Broadcast Journalism at Langston University. She is married to Dr. Miron Billingsley, a Vice Chancellor at North Carolina Central University. The Billingsleys have three children ages 16, 14, and 9.