About Mandy

Mandy as Robin Hood
Mandy as Robin Hood

Born in Pyramid Hill, Victoria, Australia—population 419—Mandy Jackson-Beverly grew up around the rugged coastline and rolling hills of Tasmania. In her early twenties, she relocated to England and discovered the tantalizing London fashion scene and fell in love with the creative collective concept. Later in Los Angeles, Mandy found her creative freedom among the thriving, no-holds-barred visionaries of the music video world.

Mandy has worked as a costume designer and stylist for an array of creative dynamos including photographer Herb Ritts; directors Joel and Ethan Coen, David Fincher, Diane Keaton, and Julien Temple; and music icons David Bowie, Madonna, George Michael, Tom Petty, and Tina Turner. She taught high school art and theater, Advanced Placement art programs, and contributed blogs to The Huffington Post. She is a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, a writing coach, and public speaker, and teaches workshops at writer conferences and online via Teachable.

With the advent of COVID-19, Mandy turned her concern for small businesses’ survival—specifically independently-run bookshops—into a podcast. In October 2020, she launched The Bookshop Podcast. Mandy is committed to helping independent bookshops thrive by highlighting these gems of the community, as well as illuminating the wonders of words on a page and the authors who write them.

Mandy is a bibliophile and enjoys reading both non-fiction and fiction. Her own stories are either short essays drawn from her life or dark tales drenched in magic, the occult, and complex characters of the human and supernatural kind. She writes about the darkness lurking around us and the light that keeps it at bay. Mandy is the author of The Creatives Series: A Secret Muse, The Devil And The Muse, The Legend of Astridr: Birth, and The Immortal Muse.

Mandy lives in Ojai, California. When she’s not writing, reading, interviewing guests, or caught down a rabbit hole of research, she’s cooking, painting, tending to her vegetable garden, or on walkabout.