Juan Pablo Villalobos was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1973. He studied marketing and Spanish literature before working as a market researcher and writing travel stories and literary and film criticism. He has researched topics as diverse as the influence of the avant-garde on the work of César Aira and the flexibility of pipelines for electrical installations. His books include his Guardian First Book Award-shortlisted debut Down the Rabbit Hole, Quesadillas, and I’ll Sell You a Dog. He was a finalist for the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers Literature. I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me is his fourth novel.