Martin Wilson grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where both of his novels take place. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida, and his work has appeared in Tin House, One Teen Story, and other publications. His first YA novel, What They Always Tell Us, was the winner of an Alabama Author Award and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. His second novel, We Now Return to Regular Life, is also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. He currently lives in New York City, where he works as a publicist at a publishing house.