Brian W. Smith is the award winning, best selling author of fifteen novels to include: QUAGMIRE, DEADBEAT, Nina’s Got a Secret, and If These Trees Could Talk. 

After spending nine years in the U.S. Army, he earned three degrees (two Bachelor Degrees: Business Administration and Criminal Justice and a Master in Business Administration (MBA)) within ten years, and held several high ranking jobs in the corporate world until being laid-off in 2009 during the recent recession. He has been a full-time author since. 

In 2004, Brian endured a personal trauma that inspired him to write his first novel, Mama’s Lies –Daddy’s Pain. In 2005, he formed his publishing company, Hollygrove Publishing, and in 2006, self-published the semi-autobiographical novel. The novel became an immediate success, selling thousands of copies. Brian capitalized on that success by transitioning from a self-published author to an Independent Publisher of more than 20 novels for himself and other authors. In 2008, Brian scored his first Dallas Morning News Best Sellers with his novel, Nina’s Got a Secret. Since then, he has written other critically acclaimed novels that have earned spots on the Dallas Morning News, Amazon, and Black Expressions best sellers lists. In 2011, he sold the rights to Nina’s Got a Secret, to Strebor/Simon and Schuster.

Brian has been named Male Author of the Year by multiple review organizations: OOSA Reviewers, 2012 and AAMBC 2011; and has been a Featured Author at numerous Literary Events (e.g., National Book Club Conference, National Black Book Festival, etc.). 

When Brian is not writing novels, traveling to literary events, and meeting with book clubs nationwide (on average, 20 clubs a year), he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing, at a college in the Dallas, Texas area. Brian is a native of New Orleans, La., and currently resides in the Dallas, Texas area.