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Ana Galan


I was born in Oviedo, Spain, on September 3, 1964. When I was three, my family moved to Madrid, where I grew up with my two older brothers and younger sister. I was a skinny little girl who loved sports, ballet, and most of all, animals! My favorites were horses and dogs. Ever since I was very young, I wanted to be a veterinarian. My oldest brother and I spent hours and hours talking about becoming vets and the kind of clinic that we were going to have. When it was time to go to college, I had to pursue my dream. In 1987, I became a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After working as a vet in Madrid for two years, I came to the US for a 6-month post graduate course at the Animal Medical Center, an incredible eight-story animal hospital in the heart of New York City.


While in New York I met a wonderful person who later became my husband and I decided not to return to Spain! At least not then! I worked for Cornell University as the surgeon on a research team. Two years later, after our first son was born, I decided to stay home with him and enjoy being a mother. That’s when I started working on translations and children’s books. It was the perfect job for me! I now have three children, two boys and a girl. And I’m not sure how it happened, but they’re all teenagers now! After staying home for a few years, I returned to work full time. From 1999 to 2008 I worked for Scholastic, one of the best children’s book publishing companies in the world. At Scholastic I was the editorial director of Spanish book publishing, and I edited over 400 books! Most of them in Spanish, but we published many bilingual books too.


During those years, I also wrote several children’s books that were published by Kumquat Ediciones, a very special publishing company in Argentina. In 2008 it was time for another big change in my life. I decided to become a full time author and work on my own. My husband and my children have been very supportive and I really thank them for that. I love you guys! And this is where I am right now. This is my new adventure. Welcome to my world.

 


Ana Galan