Growing up in Texas, Esther Pearl Watson always dreamed of being the brave cowgirl with amazing hair. She now lives on the rolling farmlands of the Hudson River valley with husband and fellow artist Mark Todd and their baby, Lili. Her first book about Jules and Gertie, The Adventures of Jules and Gertie, was hailed as a "Texas tornado of pure entertainment" by Kirkus Reviews.
Like many kids raised in the 70's, Mark was influenced at an early age by Star Wars and comic books. Unlike many kids, he grew up just a few miles from the Vegas strip, its neon and glitz looming over the city. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, artist Esther Pearl Watson, their daughter Lili and Mr. Pickles, a lovely French Bulldog.