Mandy Stanley was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk. She attended Great Yarmouth College of Art and Design and then went on to do a fashion degree in Nottingham. Mandy has won awards for her soft toy designs and has also worked as a children's clothes designer. She now works full time as a children's book illustrator.
Mandy is interested in cinema, television and film, particularly children's films, and also enjoys skiing, running and cooking. She lives in Suffolk with her husband (who builds aeroplanes in his workshop), son, daughter and two rabbits, Wellington and Roxy..