Deborah Marcero grew up in Michigan farm country where from a very young age drawing, writing, and reading filled her time. She received a BFA in drawing, printmaking, and photography from the University of Michigan, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Writing. After teaching in Chicago Public Schools as a Literacy Specialist, Deborah realized that writing and creating books for kids was how she wanted to spend her life. Deborah’s illustration debut in The BACKYARD WITCH series, Greenwillow HarperCollins, release(d) July 2015/2016/2017, picture books URSA’S LIGHT and ROSIE & CRAYON with Peter Pauper Press in 2016/2017 and another illustration picture book project with G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin, TWINDERELLA will publish in September 2017.