A.J. Reilly was born near Detroit, Michigan, to a stay-at-home mom and a Baptist minister. Growing up he was heavily involved in athletics, earning a scholarship to play football in college. After college A.J. began to write, starting in 2014, after the death of his grandfather. A.J. teaches U.S. history in Plano, Texas, and signed his first publishing contract with Waldorf Publishing in 2015. He runs his own blog at ajreilly.com and most nights after school he is busy enjoying a fine cigar, and either cheering on his beloved Detroit Tigers or reading a great book.