Oxford Who’s Who has inducted Maxine Billings into the highest Professional Distinction “Top Tier of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Recognition” due to her outstanding contributions and achievements in her field. Throughout her career, Ms. Billings has been self-motivated, results oriented and driven to succeed. Never truly considering writing as a career choice until her cousin Jacquelin Thomas became a published author in the late 1990's, Maxine Billings always loved reading and writing. So inspired by her cousin, she began writing her first manuscript in 1999 and completed it in early 2000. Receiving some rejections from publishers who thought it did not meet their current needs, she then began to write a completely new story, one that took just about a year to finish. At about the same time her cousin's publisher, BET Books was due to come out with a new imprint, 'New Spirit', she suggested that she submit her story to them. Submitting it in November 2001, she received a call back one year later telling her that they were interested in publishing her story. 'A Measure of Faith' was released in April 2004. Maxine Billings is one of the few special honorees inducted into the highest professional distinction based on her accomplishments, academic achievements, years of service, and the credentials she has provided. "Even though I have been a published author for 11 years now, I have now been a self-published author for five of those years," Ms. Billings said. "What that basically means is that I publish my own books in addition to writing them. Everything that has to be done I do myself. Not only do I write and publish my own stories, but I also do my own research, proofreading, editing, book covers, publicity, book signings, and whatever else is required." Thanks to her dear cousin Jacquelin, Ms. Billings has been able to tap into a profession that has always been dear to her heart and in so many wonderful ways that she has never dreamed of. Ms. Billings also has some of the most inspirational and beautiful pictures which are available on her website as well as her books. We encourage all to visit her website at: www.maxinebillings.com and view her one of a kind pictures and books. Oxford Who’s Who proudly endorses Ms. Maxine Billings in all her future endeavors.
Maxine Billings is a native of Villa Rica, GA. She now lives in Temple, GA with her husband Tony and their son Stefan. The couple also have an older child, a daughter named Natasha. Maxine graduated from Villa Rica High School in 1978 as an Honor Graduate. In 1979, she received her diploma in Secretarial Science from the technical school now known as West Georgia Technical College in Carrollton, GA. On May 2, 1980, she began her nearly 34-year career as a secretary for the State of Georgia when she started working for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance in Atlanta, GA. After only five months, she received a promotion to be the personal secretary of the Assistant Deputy Insurance Commissioner of the Property & Casualty Division. In 1985, while still employed in the Insurance Commissioner's Office, she received a Governor's Award for Outstanding Service in State Government. She worked for this office for ten and a half years before transferring to the Department of Corrections in Carrollton, GA. In 1998, she transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Douglasville, GA, and worked there until she retired in November, 2013. Maxine loves to read and write wholesome stories that inspire people in positive ways and give them hope. When she isn't writing, she loves spending time in spiritual activities and with her family. She also enjoys the mountains, indoor/outdoor flea markets, cooking (occasionally), gardening, dancing, listening to Jazz and R & B music, and attending classic car shows and museums.