Amanda BrandonI wanted to be a writer from the age of seven but was told to aim for ‘a proper job’. I thought working in a library would be the answer.

A spell as a school librarian put paid to that idea when I was told off for reading books instead of putting them away. Now I spend my time creating my own stories and raising a family.

My first picture book A Scarf and a Half was published by Maverick Arts Publishing in September 2014. It was followed by a second in the Granny Mutton series A Box of Socks followed by A Knit and a Knot. The books celebrate the special relationship between a granny and grandson.

I believe grandparents can play an important role in creating happy childhood memories. I had a special bond with my grandmother. Like the character Granny Mutton in my book she enjoyed knitting and every Christmas my brother and I would receive a pair of handmade gloves.

I love reading books to my own children and in the past I have helped with literacy work in school. I like to encourage children to discover a love for words and to find books which entertain and inspire them to keep on reading.

For more details of the Granny Mutton series see

The vibrant book illustrations are by talented illustrator Catalina Echeverri.