Juana Martinez-Neal is a mixed media, traditional artist born in Lima, the capital of Peru. Alma, her debut picture book as an author illustrator, will be published by Candlewick Press in Spring 2018. Juana is illustrating La Madre Goose (Putnam 2016), and La Princesa and the Pea (Putnam 2017) both written by Susan Middleton Elya, and Swashby and the Sea (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2018) written by Beth Ferry. She was named to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Illustration Honor list in 2014, and was awarded the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize in 2012. Juana lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her family.