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Juana Martinez-Neal

A Day Like This

A Day Like This

10 years ago Chris Neal and I almost burnt a church down in Manhattan Beach with Peruvian hand-made candles. By 7pm that same day, my last name got longer and I would officially no longer have to go to the grocery store ever again.

He gave me two crazy boys, a cat and a puppy. We built a home. He believed in me and made me go back to children’s illustration. Thanks to him I’m here now and you are reading me. They have been the best 10 years of my life and here’s to another 30 years together and a couple more quasi-burnt churches in our near future.

It’s been crazy, hectic and inspiring these last 3 weeks. I’m back to painting today and I’ll be posting a new coloring page next Monday.

Children's book author and illustrator, mami of three, wife, sun aficionado, amateur singer and Margarita lover born in Lima, Peru and living in sunny AZ.


  • August 18, 2011

    Congrats to you Juana! I lived in Manhattan Beach for 5 years & nice place to get married! Today in the mail, I got 2 of your beautiful books from Amazon. You are very gifted in so many ways!

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