Jessica Love is the author and illustrator of Julián is a Mermaid, and Julián at the Wedding, published by Candlewick Press, and the illustrator of "I Love You Because I Love You" by Mượn Thị Văn, published by HarperCollins. Jessica grew up in Southern California, raised by a pair of artist parents. She studied printmaking and illustration at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and then went on to study Drama at Juilliard. After working as an actor in New York for ten years, she made a pivot and created Julián is a Mermaid, her first book. Jessica lives in the Hudson Valley with her sweetheart and their son.

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