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ReShonda Tate  

As the national bestselling author of more than 53 books, ReShonda Tate has the credentials, and the passion, to bring stories to life.

ReShonda writes both adult and teen fiction, as well as nonfiction. Her sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, was made into a film 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 programs. Her book, The Secret She Kept, was also made into a movie and aired on TV One. ReShonda made a cameo in that movie as well. 

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 African-American authors in the country, her books remain a staple on Bestseller’s lists and have been featured in USA Today, The Washington Post, Jet, People, Essence, and Ebony Magazines.


Some of ReShonda's Nominations, Awards & Honors

Induction into Texas Authors Hall of Fame 2021

NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literature – Mama’s Boy 2015

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature – Say Amen, Again 2012

NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literature – The Secret She Kept 2013

Honoree-Arkansas Black Hall of Fame

Houston Library Author of the Year (2020)

Houston’s Top Ten Authors (2015)

Rolling Out Magazine 

Top 25 Woman of Houston
Romantic Times Book of the Year 2007 (I Know I’ve Been Changed)

Library Journal Best Christian Fiction 2004 (Let the Church Say Amen)

National Association of Black Journalists Creative Spirit Award

YMCA Minority Achiever

Houston Top Professional

Houston Chronicle’s Woman on the Move

Houston Association of Black Journalists Regional Awards

Press Club of Houston Awards for Outstanding Reporting

Texas Top Author
ReShonda Tate Billingsley in a wedding family photo of 8 people all lined up in a row

Personal Life

A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, ReShonda is a member of the Missouri City – Sugar Land Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated.

She is married to Jeffrey Caradine and is the mother of three children, Mya, Morgan and Myles and the bonus mother to Jabari and Jordun Caradine.

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