Denene Millner can, as she says, write her face off! She is the author and co-author of 25 books — six of which are New York Times bestsellers, including Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which she co-wrote with Steve Harvey. In 2016, Denene will release the latest two books she has co-authored — the Taraji P. Henson memoir, Around the Way Girl, and Cookie Johnson’s Believing In Magic. Her novels, Love Don’t Live Here AnymoreIn Love & War, and A Love Story, were co-written with her Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist husband Nick Chiles, and her novel The Vow (co-authored with Angela Burt-Murray and Mitzi Miller) debuted in 2015 as the Lifetime Television movie, With This Ring, starring Regina P. Hall, Jill Scott, Eve and Gabrielle Union, who was also executive producer. And wait until you hear what she has planned for 2017!

Denene, who lives in Atlanta, is so open in the episode – beyond her many accomplishments — and I can’t thank her enough. There’s so much power in sharing our truth and vulnerability. In addition to what you’ll learn below, Denene speaks about recognizing her own worthiness, trusting herself and being real about her feelings, plus the importance of choosing to be happy and whole. Trust, you will be inspired.

On this episode you’ll learn:

  • Not to fall victim to the fear that no other opportunities are going to show up if you pass on that current “good thing.”
  • Why writing is way more than putting words on a page
  • What your duty is as a writer
  • Doing what entrepreneurs do when they don’t see what they need in the market – they create their own!
  • The power of evolving and recognizing your worthiness
  • and 
  • Why Taraji P. Henson will always be known as Yvette!!! 🙂



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Early Sunday Morning by Denene Millner with Illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Denene Millner Books/Agate, 2017)

Around the Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson with Denene Millner (Atria, 2016)

Believing in Magic: My Story of Love, Overcoming Adversity and Keeping the Faith by Cookie Johnson with Denene Millner (Howard Books, 2016)

The Vow by Denene Millner, Angela Burt Murray and Mitzi Miller (HarperCollins, 2009)

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