Kita Mitchell

I was born long long ago, in a far-off land...

Photo of Kita as a baby

My dad was a writer and my mum was an artist and I had two sisters and a brother and guinea pigs. We didn’t have a telly. Can you imagine?

No telly!!

It was so long ago there weren’t any mobile phones, or computers, or iPads. There was nothing to do.


Apart from read.

Luckily, in those days, there was a library on every corner.

Photo of Kita reading as a child

So, I read a lot of books. I read a lot, and then I tried to write my own. The first one was called Cindersmella, but no one wanted to publish it.

Then I wrote two more. Repunsmell and Mouldilocks.

No-one wanted to publish those either.

Rejection letter from 1982

I got a bit huffy about that. I decided to go and work in the film industry instead. They would appreciate my talents.

I went to college first, and after that I built sets for TV shows - but the feeling I should write funny books for children never went away.

One day, I thought I’d try again. I wrote another book and this time things turned out MUCH better.

GRANDMA DANGEROUS and the DOG of DESTINY was published in 2018 and you can read all about it on my BOOKS page!

Grandma Dangerous book cover


Favourite food?

I’m very fond of buns. Iced buns, currant buns, hot cross buns, cinnamon buns, choux buns. Any sort of bun. I’m not fussy.

Favourite drink?

Tea. Tea goes very well with buns.


A hamster, Myrtle.


Yes. I have four of those.

Previous jobs?

Babysitter, library assistant, animator, set builder, lecturer.

Favourite book ever?

Grandma Dangerous and the Dog of Destiny.

I don’t know who wrote it but it’s very good. You really should read it.

"Fighting rhinos, stealing priceless artwork and sneaking all the Custard Creams - life is never dull with Grandma Dangerous!"