Gilbert Ford grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and moved to New York to attend Pratt Institute. After graduating, he worked as a designer and illustrator for a giftware company, creating puzzles, games, stickers, stationery, and activity books for children, before setting out on his own in 2007. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His toys have won several Openheimer awards, and his illustrations have been recognized by Communication Arts, 3 x 3, American Illustration Chosen, The Society of Illustrators, and The Society of Publication Designers. He is the author and illustrator of his first picture book published by Disney/Hyperion, entitled FLYING LESSONS and is also the illustrator of the popular Pseudonymous Bosch Secret Series published by Little, Brown.