June 14, 2014
9 AM-6 PM
Novel Idea 101
All Day Seminar
University of Missouri--St. Louis
Mia puts on her professor hat and joins forces with New York Times bestseller Bobbi Smith for a day of workshops designed to help writers of all genres reach their publication goals.
Mia made her operatic debut with the Denver Symphony. She’s sung at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, was an artist-in-residence for the Breckinridge Music Festival and created the role of Marianne in the regional premier of Kirk Meecham’s Tartuffe.
Mia and her dear husband have hosted exchange students from Ecuador, Hungary and Japan. Other cultures fascinate her and opening her home to young people from other lands was a great way for her family to experience the world. What better way to bring folks together?
Mia is a cancer survivor. She urges her readers not to neglect regular screenings. What you don’t know can hurt you. Early detection is the key to a cure!
Mia is embarrassed to admit she’s lost track of how many times she’s tagged along when her dear husband went to Europe on business. One of the best days of her life was spent in the National Gallery in London.
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Mia’s work was featured in the Best of 2010 issue of PEOPLE magazine. Distracting the Duchess, one of her Emily Bryan books, was spotlighted in an article titled “Gaining Ground.”
Mia is pleased to confirm that she’ll be collaborating with New York Times bestselling author Connie Mason on two books scheduled for release in 2012. Check the FAQ page for more about this exciting project.
The sun never sets on Mia’s work. Her stories have been translated into German, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Japanese. When she traveled to Holland last year, she met some of her Dutch readers for lunch and a walking tour of Utrecht. Now, if she can only swing trips to visit the rest of her international titles!
Mia’s writing receives rave reviews. Library Journal named it “worthy of Shakespeare.” Publishers Weekly called her stories “charming, colorful and fast-paced.” Booklist says she writes “wickedly witty historical romance.” Mia thinks that’s pretty good considering she started with nothing but a blank computer screen.
Mia’s books have been tapped for multiple awards, including RomCon’s Reader’s Crown and RT BookReview’s Reviewers Choice. Of course, her favorite award is the “Mother Most Likely to Embarrass Her Children Medal” she received from her devoted offspring.