In the fall of 2014, Reyna left her practice as a criminal appellate attorney with a nonprofit public defender’s office where she'd worked for many years. It was time to try something new. What began as a lark when she enrolled in a writing class at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College has turned into her passion.
Inspired by her work as a public defender, Reyna’s first novel, Unreasonable Doubts, was published by She Writes Press in 2018 and named a finalist in the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Star Award for debut fiction. My Name Is Layla, for middle grade readers, features a dyslexic protagonist, and is a story about resilience, empathy, and self-acceptance. With Both Are True, Reyna has returned to women’s fiction, the law, and New York City. Reyna is married to Pierre Gentin, and together they have two children, Ariella and Micah. Learn more at reynamardergentin.com.