Ronald L. Smith is a former advertising writer and the author of Hoodoo, a southern gothic fantasy novel for young readers. He is the recipient of the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award.
The book was acquired by Clarion, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a publishing auction, and was chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center named it to their Annual Best of the Year List. It received the 2016 ILA award for Intermediate Fiction from The International Literacy Association.
Hoodoo has been described as Stephen King meets Zora Neale Hurston, and has received critical praise from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Horn Book and more.
His second book, The Mesmerist, a supernatural Victorian fantasy, was released in February, 2017. A middle-grade take on the Marvel superhero "Black Panther" is coming January of 2018 from Marvel Books/Disney Hyperion.