Rena Barron grew up in small-town Alabama where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. After penning her first awful poem in middle school, she graduated to writing short stories and novels by high school. Rena loves all things science fiction and fantasy, ghosts, and superheroes. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading or brushing up on her French. Rena is the author of the young adult fantasy novel Kingdom of Souls, the first in a trilogy and a 2019 Junior Library Guild Selection. Recently, film rights sold to Warner Bros. with Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”) producing and Misan Sagay (“Belle”) writing the screenplay. Maya and the Rising Dark is the first book in Rena’s middle grade contemporary fantasy trilogy set in Chicago.
Visit her online at www.renabarron.com.
NOVELS: Genre: Dark Fantasy; Age Group: Young Adult (13+); Kingdom of Souls, HarperCollins (HarperTeen), HarperVoyagerUK, September 2019; Reaper of Souls, HarperCollins (HarperTeen), HarperVoyagerUK, February 2021; Genre: Contemporary Fantasy; Age Group: Middle Grade (8-12); Maya & the Rising Dark, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHKids), September 2020; Maya and the Return of the Godlings, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHKids), September 2021; ARTICLE: Drawing Inspiration From Black Magic, Tor.com, September 2019; FORTHCOMING:[Untitled], Kingdom of Souls, Book 3, expected 2022, [Untitled], Maya and the Rising Dark, Book 3, expected 2022.