A curious child becomes a curious adult if the gift is nurtured and encouraged. That’s what happened to Amanda Brandon, a self-proclaimed “what you do” expert.
She was teased for her incessant need to know the scoop and for her dedication to writing essays and newspapers. But she took the criticism in stride. She wanted to be the next Ann Landers or her twin sister Dear Abby.
She much preferred Ann’s style, but when she began reading the works of Erma Bombeck and Dave Berry on the other side of the page and said, “That’s what I want to do when I grow up.”
Her favorite quote is from Mrs. Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and I could say, ‘I used everything that you gave me.’”
That’s her mission – to use the gift with words God gave her to help others find their story and share it with the world. Her gift is finding the “me too” moments and the nuggets of wisdom that teach and inspire.
Originally from the Jackson, Mississippi area, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in print publications and public relations from The University of Mississippi. She’s about two classes away from a second degree in political science. Her initial career aspirations were to be a hard-nosed political reporter, but the call of freelance writing for publications and businesses and a cute Mississippi boy she would marry four years later called her away from the world of politics.
She spent three years as managing editor for a pizza industry trade publication where she was in charge of many facets of magazine and online content as well publicity for the U.S. Pizza Team. She spent several years in the healthcare marketing industry and helped launch a major academic patient care brand. She then joined an up-and-coming software company as the lead marketing writer. During this time, she began moonlighting with freelance projects that included articles, web copy and ghostwriting for books and courses. In 2011, she decided to leave the corporate world to pursue a freelance career.
Since that move, she has worked on full-length book projects, online and print course development, website launches, online and offline marketing communications, social media program development and as a writer and editor for entrepreneurs and niche marketing agencies.
Brandon spent four years as a volunteer communication director for her church and has done pro bono writing and editing work for several nonprofits.
In addition to her professional writing work, Brandon writes on the work God is doing in her life and others at her blog. She is a wife to Warren and mama to Reagan Leigh (8), Logan (4), Anna Catherine (2), Pepper the puppy and Oscar the grouchy cat. They reside near beautiful Oxford, Mississippi. She always has at least three books going and loves children’s picture books even more than her kids.