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.
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When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, Rena answered most likely to have her nose in a book.
Other Fun Facts
- I'm obsessed with fries, but I hate ketchup.
- I like to write in complete silence so I can hear the voices in my head.
- My favorite Halloween costume is Michonne from the Walking Dead.
- I love hiking; though, sometimes I forget to pay attention to the trail signs. Oops.
- I rarely watch TV, but when I do, I binge full series.