As a young girl, ReShonda Tate Billingsley would make up stories out of the blue and drive her mother and sisters crazy.
Her first published story was in a magazine called, “True Confessions,” and earned the, then, 15-year-old Tate a $150 check that she never cashed.
“I wrote a story called, “I Stole My Sister’s Husband,” and it was really racy and over-the-top and it was supposed to be true but of course I just used my imagination, since my sister was 12. They sent me a check for $150 dollars and published the story, and I never cashed it because I was scared to tell my mom where it came from, and that was my first publishing gig,” said Billingsley of her initial foray into the world of writing.
Years later, her active imagination and gift for writing would pave the way to a successful career as a national best-selling author of more than 30 books and founder of BrownGirlsBooks.com, a small boutique publishing firm …