Ron Deal is a licensed marriage and family therapist, podcaster and conference speaker. He is also an author who has published several books, including Building Love Together in Blended Families, The Smart Stepfamily, and Preparing to Blend. He is the director of FamilyLife Blended and the founder of Smart Stepfamilies. He specializes in both marriage enrichment and stepfamily education, and has been featured in publications including The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Ron has been happily married to his wife, Nan, since 1986, and together they are the proud parents of Braden, Connor, and Brennen. Ron and Nan live in Little Rock, Arkansas.