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 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, which was directed by actress Regina King, and produced by TD Jakes and Queen Latifah. ReShonda made her on-screen movie debut in the film, which was one of BET’s highest rated original programs and is currently on Netflix. ReShonda’s book The Secret She Kept,which ReShonda also made an appearance in, aired on TV One. Several of her other books have been optioned for film.
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 honorsfor 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.
The mother of three and former professor at Langston University is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Jack & Jill of America.