Passionate for storytelling, Merri is a Creative director, writer, and illustrator.
EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO TELL.
I was born in Spain in 1977, the fifth of six children, and grew up living in the suburbs of Madrid. My father was a tailor, and my mother, a stay-at-home mom. Both were passionate about movies, so my love for films and storytelling came from my early days.
When I was five years old, I fell while playing and severely injured my tongue. I could not speak for three months! In retrospect, that was the exact time that I realized that storytelling and rhetorical speaking were what I loved most. I haven’t stopped talking since.
Then in my teenage years, I became a passionate reader. My high school Latin teacher, an adorable older woman that looked like a nun, suggested that I pursue a literary career. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow her suggestion and instead developed a career as an IT specialist. I know. I excelled in math and science, and because of this, everybody said it was a good choice. So I worked in a telecommunications company for over seven years. The pay was good, but I was unhappy.
Then in my late 20s, precisely in 2009, I decided -against the opinions of friends and family- to follow my passion for storytelling. I’d always enjoyed writing and drawing, and I started working in a small production company. After that, I began to work as a video producer and video editor.
I moved to Mexico in 2011 and worked with big brands growing a career as a creative director. At the same time, I broadened my knowledge of filmmaking and scriptwriting. In 2013, I moved to the U.S., continuing to work as a creative director and always writing and drawing.
After my daughter’s birth in 2013 and all the bedtime reading that followed, I became fascinated with children’s picture books. I love to read, and I find that the quality of children’s books is essential to creating future readers. After earning a Diploma from the London Art College in children’s picture book illustrations and many subsequent workshops, I wrote and illustrated, “Carrots are not for parrots,” my first picture book.
Presently, I continue my work as a creative director while scoping new ideas for books to write. I am also collaborating with Beauty Consistency, a nonprofit blog focusing on spreading the concept of beauty with values of love and respect for all kinds of living beings.