Annie Ruygt’s appreciation for the power of imagery started at a young age, when watching Disney animation and reading old fables. She studied illustration at Cal State Fullerton, taught after school art classes to kids for two years, eventually moving to the Bay area to work as an illustrator for a tech company. Throughout her career, stories and metaphor have accompanied her and been a place to share life’s discoveries. She now works and lives in Northern California, finding new obsessions like gardening to fuel her future stories. Her debut picture book, SOMETIMES IT’S BRIGHT is due out May 2021.