Ronald L. Smith is the award-winning author of the middle grade novel, Black Panther: The Young Prince. His first novel, Hoodoo, won the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, and he is also the author of the supernatural Victorian fantasy novel, The Mesmerist.
Ronald grew up on Air Force Bases and has lived in Japan, Maine, Alabama, Michigan, South Carolina, and a bunch of other places he doesn’t remember. As a boy, he loved to read, especially fantasy and science fiction, and this inspired his lifelong passion of the fantastical. The book that inspired him to write more than any other was The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron.
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.
These days, you can find Ronald writing in coffee shops because sitting in a quiet room gives him the creeps. Visit him online at strangeblackflowers.com.