Aixa Perez-Prado was born in Argentina, grew up in Buffalo, and wished she could get rid of her violin and use the case to stash her stuff and run away to the Met. Instead, she spent countless hours reading mysteries, drawing, dreaming, and writing stories of her own. She now lives in Miami with her husband, two youngest kids, and dog, Hagrid. Aixa works as a professor of diversity studies and pedagogy. She’s also a homeschool/unschool mom who teaches middle grade homeschoolers critical and creative thinking when she isn’t writing and illustrating her own stories.