Trudi Batiste

Author | Strategist | Writing Coach


About Trudi

Trudi Batiste is a community outreach strategist with more than 20 years involved in community programs and services. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Trudi has more than three decades of experience with a background that combines years of administration, management and finance. A 25 year veteran in cosmetology, she is a successful entrepreneur who has established business ventures including owning a hair salon and urban art company.   

Trudi’s current career focus has turned to serving others in the areas of advocacy, education, and evidence based programs. She has recently partnered with Central Virginia Educational Resource Programs (CVERP), a non-profit organization, as Teen Intervention Specialist to implement the We ADAPT (We are Demonstrating a Positive Turnaround) intervention plan.

In 2017, she wrote and self-published, “Flagged by the Feds: A Spiritual Guide to Surviving Federal Prison.” Her personal experiences with incarceration sparked a passion to assist justice involved individuals in becoming a voice of hope within their communities. Since the release of her first book, she has written two interactive e-books, “Write Now: Self-Publishing Made Easy,” and “What They Don’t Tell You about Reentry: Exposing the Side Effects of Incarceration.”  

Trudi is also the creator of Girl Talk Uncensored-RVA, a forum designed to educate and empower girls and women of all ages through guided panel discussions to address sensitive topics. Girl Talk Uncensored has rapidly gained its popularity and covers a wide range of topics including coping skills, confidence building, diversity & inclusion, and digital citizenship.

She is a certified workshop facilitator and contributing author of “Camouflage, Volume 2,” an anthology series. In 2018, she received an Indie Author Legacy Award (IALA) nomination for Author of the Year in the education category.

Trudi is the mother of three sons and resides in Richmond, Virginia.



Flagged By the FEDS: A Spiritual Guide To Surviving Federal Prison

Trudi Batiste draws on her own personal journey in federal prison and exposes "what they DON'T tell you." She provides tools on how to prepare for prison, how to survive on the inside, and how to successfully return to society, home, and ministry. Her proven tips have guided families and community leaders on what it means to actively show support, be effective in Prison Ministry, and design re-entry programs that get results. In Flagged by the FEDs, Trudi paints a vivid picture and details her horrifying experiences. You MUST read this book!

What They DON'T Tell You About Reentry: Exposing the Side Effects of Incarceration

Get this guide for your loved one who is preparing for release or struggling with reentry back into society. This book provides a "realistic" approach on how to withstand challenges after incarceration. You will learn: How to identify and overcome the side effects of incarceration, how to use your natural talents and instincts to achieve success on the outside, how to survive in an unjust system that has been designed for you to fail, and much more!

Self-Publishing Made Easy

What is keeping you from writing your book? Don't know where to start?  "Write Now" was created with YOU in mind.
You will learn: The Blueprint to Starting and Finishing Your First Book, How to Market and Launch Your Book, Book Design Secrets, The Truth About Self-publishing, Using Your Books as a Business, and much more.



What People Are Saying

Meeting you unlocked something in me and being able to stand and share my own story was another level of my healing for my life. Thank you. Your prison experience has impacted my life forever.

Simene' Walden

If you’re looking for an amazing, inspirational read, THIS IS IT! I literally sat and read the entire book in a matter of a few hours because I couldn’t put it down! This book is based on real life events and had me smiling, crying, convicted, motivated and inspired.

Mary Boyd

Adjusting to prison life was difficult for me. The people, the language, and the mentalities were foreign. Prison culture and the "outside" society are two different worlds. What worked in my professional life on the "outside" caused me to be ostracized, ridiculed, bullied and isolated inside prison. Trudi helped me to adjust to my new environment by looking for opportunities to grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally. She also directed my attention to focus on my true purpose for being here - God's assignment for my life. She blessed me beyond measure.

Michelle Mallard


Inform| Inspire| Impact

People need to hear your story in your words!


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