Anna Branford was born in the Isle of Man and spent her early childhood in Sudan and Papua New Guinea before moving to Australia. Creative writing was her favourite subject at school and she also quite liked playing the piano. These days Anna is a doll maker and a careers educator at RMIT University in Melbourne. Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot was her first published work for Walker Books Australia and was Honour Book in the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers category. In 2013, Violet Mackerel’s Personal Space won the Young Readers/Picture Book Award category of the Australian Family Therapists’ Award and was shortlisted for the 2013 Children’s Peace Literature Awards. Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend was shortlisted for the 2014 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers category.