About Brendan

Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, I attended the public school system as a proud Myers Park Eagle, Carmel Cougar and South Meck Sabre. I had many great teachers along the way, to whom I owe eternal thanks.

Then I packed up and headed to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. When they finally handed me a degree — a B.A. in History, the most practical of all undergraduate studies — I moved to DC, and three fun years later, enrolled at The George Washington University School of Law in Foggy Bottom. Upon graduating from law school, I felt the siren call of home and returned to Charlotte, dragging my Boston-bred fiancé along with me.

After three long years working as a litigation attorney, I abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series (Virals, Seizure, Code, Exposure, Terminal, and Trace Evidence) with my mother, the great Kathy Reichs. After completion I began my new YA series: Project Nemesis. The first book Nemesis, was an instant New York Times bestseller and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, of which I am exceedingly proud. It’s sequel, Genesis, released in March 2018, and also received a starred review from Kirkus. The final volume, Chrysalis, released March 5, 2019.

On October 2, 2018 I released the first volume in a fantastically fun new middle grade series I’m co-writing with my best friend, Ally Condie (author of the Matched trilogy and a lot of other great stuff). The Darkdeep is a cross between The Goonies and Stranger Things that I think all ages will enjoy. The second book in the series, The Beast, will release September 24, 2019.

I continue to live in Charlotte with my beautiful wife, mischievous son, and beautiful daughter. We also have two playful pit-bull mixes named Soldier and Flip, and a ferocious cat named Wrigley. It’s a full house. No complaints. I’m also on the Executive Board of both the YALLFEST and YALLWEST young adult literary festivals. These are a good time. Please join us in either sunny Charleston in November or even sunnier Santa Monica in April.

I plan to keep on writing novels until they drag me kicking and screaming from my desk. Welcome, friend.

Me and the person I love most. Plus my wife Emily got in there.

Soldier knows how to relax. Even on the couch, where he’s not supposed to be.