Mónica Mancillas authors books for children of all ages, as well as adult fiction. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley before pursuing a decade-long career in the recording industry, during which time she released a self-produced album entitled On the Brink. She currently teaches piano in Burbank, California, where she resides with her husband, daughter, and various tiny animals. Her debut picture book, MARIANA IN MÉXICO (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray), is scheduled for release in 2022.