Thursday, March 05, 2009

Reshonda Tate Billingsley on why she writes "The Good Girlz"

As a teen, I had an active imagination. From making up stories about life in the hood, to convincing my little sister I knew how to fly, to writing off-the-chain poems, I could always be found with a pen in one hand and book in the other. I loved to read and loved making up stories just as much.

Because I'm such a reader, I was looking for something for my teenaged nieces to read. The stuff I found they said was too young or too boring. The stuff they found was too adult for my tastes. So I decided to write something teens could enjoy and their parents wouldn't mind them reading. And because I'm all about keeping it interesting, I wanted to make sure it was something that would keep them turning pages! I'm blessed to say I've found that in the drama-filled lives of The GoodGirlz.

Writing these books is so fulfilling. I get emails daily from people all over the country who say they hated reading until they picked up a Good Girlz novel. Parents write in to say thanks for sparking a love of reading in their child. But to see a young person passionate about a book, well it just makes everything I do worthwhile.

The sixth book in The Good Girlz series from national bestselling author
ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Joy in her heart...

It's for real -- Jasmine's in love! She never thought she'd be boy-crazy like her girlfriends Camille, Alexis, and Angel, but now Jasmine and football star C.J. Taylor are inseparable -- they've even been voted the school's cutest couple. And with love in the air, everything seems to be going right: Jasmine's mom has allowed her and C.J. to go out on dates, and even her relationship with her brother Jaquan has improved. Maybe love is contagious!
Gone in a heartbeat?
But Jasmine's happiness is shattered when a neighborhood gang begins harassing Jaquan -- and trouble quickly escalates to tragedy. With C.J. and his family caught in the crossfire of lies and violence, Jasmine will have to hold on tighter than ever to her faith, to the friends who have never let her down...and to the belief that love truly does conquer all.

Click here to read an excerpt...

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