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About ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/7

Q. Previous occupations

A. TV News Reporter/Journalist, Telemarketer, McDonald's Party Planner

Q. Favorite job

A. Working for NBC News in Oklahoma City

Q. High school and/or college

A. Madison High in Houston, Univeristy of Texas at Austin

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Mary J. Blige

Q. Favorite movie

A. Imitation of Life

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Game

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Blessed and Living my life like its golden!

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Don't let anyone but you determine your destiny!

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. That I didn't try. And snakes.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Right where I am

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Harriet Tubman because when I set my mind to something, I'm going to work past any obstacle to achieve it.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Michelle Obama

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Just do it.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. That I didn't pursue a fiction writing career sooner

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing. I'm one of the people you'd be cracking up at on the first rounds of American Idol

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My kids.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I take on too much because I dont know how to say no (But I'm learning!)

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. My heart (I consistently look for the good in people)

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I would be a psychic (a real one) long enough to get tomorrow's winning lotto numbers

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My warm spirit

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Incredible Hulk, don't you just feel sorry for him? I used to cry at the end of every episode.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The Joker

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Negative people

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. TV News Reporting

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Stripper. Ok, just wanted to see your reaction. Really it's a singer.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Loving, Determined and Committed

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Fat free Strawberry Cheesecake that doesnt taste fat free

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Kimberla Lawson Roby, Victoria Christopher Murray, E. Lynn Harris, Mary Higgins Clark

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Child of God by Lolita Files Gather Together in My Name by Tracy Price Thompson Casting the First Stone by Kim Roby

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Child of God

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Every minute you spend talking about why you dont have time to write could be spent writing.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Your books mirror my life!

Q. How did you come to write The Devil Is a Lie?

A. I was talking with a friend who thought she was divorced and years later found out she wasn't. I'm a 'what if' person, so I immediately started, "what if someone was in that position, after they won the lottery?"

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