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 telling stories. After numerous rejections from publishers, ReShonda stepped out on faith, established her own publishing company, and released her debut novel, My Brotherís Keeper. The book caught the attention of one of the countryís top literary agents, who secured a deal for ReShonda with megahouse publisher, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books.
A former television and radio news reporter, ReShonda has been in the journalism business for more than two decades. Currently, the co-host of From Cover to Cover literary talk radio show and an editor for the Houston Defender Newspaper, ReShonda has worked 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 News in Houston in 2007 to write full-time.
And write she doesÖ
ReShonda is the national bestselling author of 17 books, all published by Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books. Her sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, is being made into a movie of which she is Executive Producer and actress Regina King is the director. Five of her other books, have also been optioned for film by CodeBlack Entertainment.
A much sought after public speaker, ReShonda 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 Bestsellerís list more than 20 times, as well as The Washington Post, Dallas Morning News and Ebony Magazine Bestsellerís lists.
ReShondaís upcoming books include The Devil is a Lie (coming July 7, 2009), Caught up in the Drama (a teen book coming in 2010), and Holy Rollers (July 2010). Her current books include: Can I Get a Witness, The Pastorís Wife, Let the Church Say Amen, Everybody Say Amen, I Know Iíve Been Changed and My Brotherís Keeper. Her teen novels include Nothing But Drama, Blessings in Disguise, With Friends Like These, Getting Even, Fairweather Friends, and Friends ĎTil the End. And the anthologies Have a Little Faith and Four Degrees of Heat. She has one non-fiction title, Help! Iíve Turned into my Mother.
A member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, ReShonda is married with three small children.