Robert (R.W.) Alley grew up all over America, in Virginia, New York state, Texas, South Carolina, and Maryland. Robert has been illustrating original stories since he was a child and illustrated his first children’s book, The Ghost in Dobbs’ Diner in 1981, which was published by Parents Magazine Press. Robert’s best-known work has come out of Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear series which Alley has been illustrating for the past 20 years. He currently lives and works in Rhode Island with his author wife, Zoë B. Alley.