Grayson Taylor is an actor, author, and filmmaker from New York City. After writing his first full-length novel when he was seven, he authored over half a dozen action-adventure, sci-fi, mystery, and dystopian novels. He has also written and directed several films. As a professional actor, he has performed in principal roles on Broad City (Oliver, the "Yas Kween" boy of the viral gif), Blue Bloods, Billions, Team Umizoomi, numerous commercials and voiceovers, Mothers and Sons on Broadway starring Tyne Daly, and the Radio City Spring Spectacular, and has had multiple appearances on The Colbert Report and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His own films include The Nature of Reality, Suspect, Suspect: Ruthless, Enigma Island, Spy Squad, and Dark Waters. His writings include Dark Waters, the Fallen Nation trilogy, Future, Ice Lords, and much more. He is the recipient of a 2021 Scholastic Gold Key for Novel Writing.