Ana Martin Larranaga was born in San Sebastian and grew up in the countryside of Castilla, together with four siblings and lots of cousins. As a child her favorite pastime was to climb almond trees because it is fun and afterwards you can eat the almonds. She studied Fine Arts in Salamanca but only decided to become an illustrator after a Summer School with the Spanish illustrator Asun Balzola. Ana spent seven years in the UK, and also a while in New York. Now she lives with her little family in Germany. She likes swimming in summer and sledding in winter.