Reyna Marder Gentin attended Yale College and Yale Law School. For many years, she
practiced as a juvenile rights attorney and as a criminal appellate attorney with a nonprofit public defender’s office. Reyna’s debut novel, Unreasonable Doubts, was a finalist for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Star Award for outstanding debut. Her personal essays and short stories have been widely published. Reyna lives with her family in Westchester, New York. My Name Is Layla is her first book for children.