Ronald L. Smith is the award-winning author of the middle grade novels, Black Panther: The Young Prince, The Mesmerist, The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away and Gloomtown. His first novel, Hoodoo, won the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. His next book, Where The Black Flowers Bloom, due out in the fall of 2021. Ronald L. Smith grew up on Air Force Bases and has lived in Japan, Maine, Alabama, Michigan, Washington, DC, South Carolina, Delaware and a bunch of other places I don’t remember. He read a lot of books as a kid, especially fantasy and science fiction, and this inspired his lifelong love of the fantastical. Before becoming a full-time writer, Ronald worked in advertising and wrote television commercials for big corporations, helping to sell everything from cheeseburgers to automobiles to airlines. Without a doubt, he’s much happier writing for kids.