Deatri King-Bey began in the publishing industry in 2001 as an editor for Third World Press Inc., the oldest African-American owned publishing company in the country. Though she supported the non-fiction and literary mission of Third World Press Inc., she found commercial fiction more to her liking. On the fiction side of developmental editing, she freelanced for several publishing houses over the years and has edited for authors such as L. A. Banks, Beverly Jenkins and a host of others. Deatri is also a women’s fiction and romance author. In 2008, her title Whisper Something Sweet won the Emma Award for Best Steamy Romance of the Year. Deatri also writes dangerously sexy suspense with Curtis L. Alcutt under the pseudonym L. L. Reaper. Their first installment of the Black Widow and the Sandman series is available in book stores everywhere.

Deatri is currently the Chair of the Romance Slam Jam Organization, the place for readers and authors of Black romance to meet, is writing, editing, conducting workshops and whatever else she can get into.

On a personal note, Deatri fell in love with and married her hero while they were in the military together. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Chicago State University and raised three fantastic daughters who have given her three fantastic grandchildren. Currently, she lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband of twenty-seven years.

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9 thoughts on “Deatri

  1. Pamela Bell English

    Congratulations Deatri! It is nice to see and read about you helping aspiring authors and others learn more about the literary industry. Hopefully, this year, I will be working toward entering Romance Slam Jam. God’s blessings to you and to the success of this great new site.

    1. Deatri

      Thank you very much and good luck. I’m working on acquirig publishing houses for prizes now. This site will be a wealth of information. I hope it helps. Be sure to check out my book also. It will get you well on your way.

  2. Priscilla C Johnson

    Congratulations Dee… I am excited about this next step in my journey and I am very eager to learn everything I can from you and the other authors.

  3. Tanja H

    You’ve got a winner here. What a great idea to give practical information in a sensible and accessible format. Terrific job!

  4. Vannie Ryanes

    Dee, I have followed your work and writing for years. Congratulations on the launch of your new website. You write to speak to the people, not to flaunt your knowledge of your craft although it comes through loud and clear each time. I have signed up for your newsletter.

    I wish you much success.

  5. Melvin M.Carter

    It seems Chicago Gurls are popping up all over! Congratulation on surviving in being in that desert colony of Phoenix. And I hope the grandbaby who likes to crawl into your lap while you’re at the keyboard doesn’t spill the cup of juice.


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