about the author Ben Longoria
Ben Longoria was born in 1986 in San Antonio Texas, living in both the city and the nearby town of Pleasanton to the south. An Army veteran, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Cavalry Scout for eight years before leaving to attend Palo Alto College where he received an AA in English. While attending from 2014-15 he worked with Alamo Colleges’sArchives Project, interviewing local poets for the city's Department for Culture and Creative Development. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a BA in Creative Writing. Longoria is also the recipient of UTSA’s COLFA award for his short story The Girl in White. He is the author of five books including the novel Hello Defiant and the short story collection The Forest Around the Hill and often visits schools and colleges to promote writing and literacy. He is also a political op-ed contributor for Citizen Roots Press. When he's not busy he spends his time eating comical amounts of tacos.
about the author Bryant Reed
Bryant Reed is a United State Army veteran with twenty-seven months spent in combat zones as an interrogator. He is currently the owner of Tested Never Defeated Coaching in North Carolina. There, he’s able to reshape lives and bodies with his philosophy of positivity. Maintaining a clientele of over twenty-five individuals, Bryant Reed spends his days inspiring others to lead fit and healthy lives, physically and mentally. In 2016 he competed in North Carolina’sGolds Classic, a bodybuilding competition, and won first place. He’s also competed in several marathons, including Spartan runs, and spends time sharing his story as a motivational speaker. Tested Never Defeated is his debut book.