“God told me to break up with you,” was what Shewanda Riley’s ex-boyfriend told her after 18 months of dating. What astounded her was that he had the nerve to throw God’s name in it – when another woman was the real reason. She confessed in her Essence best-seller -- Love Hangover: Moving from Pain to Purpose after a Relationship Ends – that yes, she did want to heave that brick through his windshield. However, instead of picking up the brick, she picked up a writing pen instead. God restored Shewanda and now she’s using her gift to help others.
In addition to focusing on singles, Riley explores how the struggle with weight can affect women well into their adult years in her book The Last Fat Girl Vacation. Through the lives of her major three characters, she shares some of her life-long struggles with weight.
Riley is a Dallas-based author and 20 year journalism veteran who has been News Director, producer and on-air talent for radio stations in Dallas, Texas, San Antonio, Texas and for Armed Forces Network in Germany. In addition, she reaches a combined audience of over 40,000 monthly as a columnist in publications like The Dallas Weekly, The Blessed Room, Beautiful One Magazine, The Christian Reader and Dallas Gospel Connection. Riley also contributes an article to the Women of Color Study Bible and Aspire: The New Women of Color Study Bible. A former correspondent for Sheridan Broadcasting Network and Managing Editor of The Dallas Weekly, she is also recognized nationally as an expert on singles lifestyle issues and been featured on ABC Radio Networks, USA Radio Networks, and The Potter’s Touch Television show hosted by Bishop T. D. Jakes.
Her debut book, “Love Hangover – Moving From Pain to Purpose after a Relationship Ends,” was endorsed by best selling authors Bishop T. D. Jakes and Stephen Arterburn. In addition, it was named a best seller by Essence Magazine and featured in Jet Magazine. Riley founded the National Get over Your Love Hangover Week and Conference, a national singles conference held annually since 2001. Nearly 1,000 individuals have acknowledged that they have had their lives transformed as result of attending. She is also the founder of the Do the Write Thing Writing conference which provides practical advice to aspiring writers.
Riley also led the Singles Ministry at her church home, Christian Chapel Temple of Faith CME Church in Dallas, Texas for three years. She is one of the founding members of Anointed Authors on Tour, a national women’s Christian book tour featuring best selling authors Kendra Norman Bellamy, Tia McCollors, Vanessa Miller, Michelle Stimpson, Norma Jarrett and Dr. Vivi Monroe-Congress.
She teaches of English Composition and Literature at Tarrant County College (TCC) in Hurst, Texas. A member of TCC’s Speaker’s Bureau, she also leads workshops on relationships for students, faculty and staff. Riley graduated from Southern Methodist University with a MA in English and St. Mary's University with a BA in English-Communication Arts. Her awards including the KRLD Radio Black History Month Outstanding Community Service (2003) and Who’s Who in American Teachers and Educators (2007).