Growing up, Merrill Rainey spent most of his Saturday afternoons watching monster movies, drawing superheroes and going on imaginary adventures with his siblings. Today, he is a cowboy-boot-wearing, award-winning illustrator, designer, and paper engineer. Merrill likes to experiment with art tools and uses markers, cut paper, and water-soluble graphite to create his illustrations. Merrill is the creator of Color-Cut-Create! a Paper Toy Activity Book. He lives in the historic town of Maumee, Ohio with his editor (his wife), subject matter experts (his kids), and very opinionated coworkers (two pups, two goldfish, and some crabby hermit crabs).