Patricia Mercado was born in Tijuana, Mexico. At the age of 10 she moved to San Diego, California, where she still lives.

Patricia graduated from Pratt Institute with an MFA in art. She studied everything from printmaking to filmmaking.

Currently, Patricia teaches first grade at a dual-language school while she creates funny picture books for children.

Some of her favorite illustrators include Ezra Jack Keats, Max Velthuijs, Keizaburo Tejima, Juana Martinez-Neal, and David Diaz.

Over the last four years, Patricia has worked on creating four special characters. They consist of a lynx and three mice. Guapo is an optimistic, joyful, spontaneous lynx who is lucky to have three very loyal friends. Together they have incredible adventures all year long.