As a kid growing up in Northeast Ohio, Reynolds always wanted to be a writer. His mother, a librarian and substitute teacher, instilled a love of reading in Reynolds and his sister. They would often spend time at their local library, borrowing dozens of books at a time.
From a NASA intern to a night security guard to a maintenance worker in a steel mill, Reynolds has done it all. He was a registered nurse before his debut novel, Opposite of Always, was published in 2019 (which was named School Library Journal’s Best Book of the Year).
Reynolds tackles tough topics with all of his novels, from death and dying to social justice issues, while also weaving in humor and joy. During this session, Reynolds will discuss how he found his niche writing for teens and pre-teens and the impact Ohio libraries continue to have on his career.