I am Amanda Grace Johnson; writer & activist, chef, and singer/ songwriter. I am currently based in Los Angeles. I recently relocated from London, where I’ve lived for the most recent half of my life.
I am originally from Florida. When I was 14, a chance meeting at a pizza parlour in my hometown led to me being discovered and leaving home (chaperoned by my mother, sorry mom) to begin an international high-fashion modelling career, which spanned over 15 years.
This experience gave me the chance to travel and live all over the world. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Iceland, North and Central America.
When I was 16, I left New York to live on an organic raspberry farm in Northern California, which helped to turn me on to healthy living. The woman who owns the farm, an incredible botanist, midwife, farmer, and all around renaissance woman, was instrumental in introducing me to kundalini yoga, as well as a whole-foods, plant-based diet, and true, farm-to-table eating.
When I was 17, I went to London for a week, fell in love with that amazing city, and ended up staying for half my life. My other great loves have always been music, food, and writing.
Making music has long been my preoccupation and I have created and been singer/songwriter, front woman and recording artist with several different bands, and recorded over six original albums.
I have been writing since I was a kid and have turned my hand, not only to songs, but also prose, poetry, essays, articles, memoir. I penned the blog The Silver Jay for some years in London. The Silver Jay was a collection of tragic-comedy, autobiographical vignettes, essays, and short stories.
Determining that I wanted to become a novelist, I studied for and completed a BA Hons Humanities and English Literature from Birkbeck College, University of London.
I started cooking professionally by accident, when, in order to support myself while I studying to become a writer, I started Midnight Steakout, a pop-up restaurant on my roof garden in London. I also opened my own baking business in my home town in Florida, Gracie Gourmet. I then went on to start a social enterprise, Food Chariot, in Los Angeles, California. I have now been cooking and studying for almost the past decade.
After studying postmodernism to the point of disillusionment with fiction, I decided to do my post-grad in journalism, becoming much more interested in writing about what is going on with the world. I have, so far, completed the first half of an MA Digital Journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
I am currently enjoying life in LA, studying and regularly practicing kundalini yoga, cooking pop-ups with Food Chariot, working towards completing my semiautobiograpical tragicomic memoir, writing songs, and preparing to return to London to finish my MA at Goldsmiths.