Ronald L. Smith

“When I was in middle school, I dreamed of being a writer, but never realized that one day that dream would come true.”


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 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. 

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