ReShonda Tate Billingsley always did have an active imagination. From making up stories to crafting award-winning poems, the national bestselling author has always maintained a love for the written word. After numerous rejections from publishers, ReShonda stepped out on faith, established her own publishing company, and released her debut novel,
It’s a move that paid off. ReShonda’s novel was picked up by megahouse publisher, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books. They re-released the novel and to date, ReShonda remains one of their top African-American authors.
A former television and radio news reporter, ReShonda has been in the journalism business for more than two decades. Currently, she is an editor for the Houston Defender Newspaper, as well as a professional editor, ghost writer and literary consultant. ReShonda has worked as a reporter for The National Enquirer and as an anchor and reporter for NBC, ABC and FOX television stations in Beaumont, TX, Oklahoma City, OK and Houston, TX. 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 35 books. Her sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, has been made into a movie, directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit Productions. Her entire Amen series, as well as the novel I Know I’ve Been Changed has been optioned by BET Film. ReShonda also makes her on-screen acting debut in the movie, which aired in August 2015.
A much sought-after public speaker, ReShonda is a winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature for her book Say Amen, Again and was nominated again in 2013 for her book The Secret She Kept. She has won numerous awards for her journalism, fiction and poetry writing skills. She is a five-time winner of the National Association of Black Journalists Spirit in the Words competition. Considered one of the top Inspirational Fiction authors in the country, her books have appeared on the Essence Bestseller’s list more than 20 times, as well as The Washington Post and Dallas Morning News Bestseller’s lists. Her books have also been featured in USA Today and Ebony Magazine as Summer Sizzlers and she was recently inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.
ReShonda’s current books include Mama’s Boy, What’s Done in the Dark, The Motherhood Diaries 1 & 2, A Family Affair, The Secret She Kept, Sinners and Saints, Friends & Foes and Fortune & Fame (w/Victoria Christopher Murray), Say Amen, Again, A Good Man is Hard to Find, Holy Rollers, The Devil is a Lie, Can I Get a Witness, The Pastor’s Wife, Let the Church Say Amen, Everybody Say Amen, I Know I’ve Been Changed and My Brother’s Keeper. She has a new, edgy teen series called Rumor Central (with six books in the series). Her other teen novels include Drama Queens, Caught Up in the Drama, Nothing But Drama, Blessings in Disguise, With Friends Like These, Getting Even, Fairweather Friends, Friends ‘Til the End, and Caught up in the Drama. And the anthologies Finding Amos, Have a Little Faith and Four Degrees of Heat. She has another non-fiction title, Help! I’ve Turned into my Mother.
An active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, ReShonda is a former professor of Broadcast Journalism at Langston University. She currently lives in Durham, NC with her husband, Dr. Miron Billingsley, and three children and was named a Top 25 Woman of Houston by Rolling Out Magazine and one of Houston’s top Authors by the Houston Press.
On February 3, 2014, ReShonda Tate Billingsley along with National Best Selling author, Victoria Christopher Murray launched Brown Girls Books, their new boutique publishing company. Visit www.browngirlsbooks.com.