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Wells wrote his first stories based on the Choose Your Own Adventure series when he was in second grade. He followed up with several novellas, a serial and a series of comic books when he was in high school. He finished his first serious novel when he was 22. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University, with a bachelor's degree in English, emphasizing writing and editing.
Horror writer F. Paul Wilson described I Am Not a Serial Killer as a "dazzling, unputdownable debut" with a protagonist "as chilling as he is endearing."Young adult fiction author Jack Heath praised it as having "plenty of thematic merit", and noted that "all the characters are richly identifiable, including-and I can't stress enough how impressed I was by this-the serial killer...Wells is a first-time novelist, and yet he's already created a sympathetic villain, the holy grail of thriller writing."
The Apocalypse Guard trilogy, "set in a world parallel to that of the Reckoners [trilogy]", was announced by Brandon Sanderson on March 1, 2016. The outlining for the series was nearing completion at the end of December 2016. The project was put on hold in November 2017. On February 20, 2018, Wells tweeted that he would be co-writing the series with Sanderson.