Brooke Smith is Mimi's mom. A designer and writer, she started the Mimi and Maty series to reflect Mimi's big heart and all the fun she has helping animals. Smith lives with her husband, daughter, and many pets in Bend, Oregon. Alli Arnold is never without a pen and paper. Her first illustration was published when she was just seven years old, and she has gone on to illustrate for such clients as the New York Times, Bergdorf Goodman, and Tiffany & Co. Alli's little dog, Nino, likes to chase pigeons and squirrels. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.