About Mia

Chief Imagination Officer for cre8te amuZe
Wonder Afficiando & Peace Seeker

After years of really bad poetry, even worse song lyrics and adolescent short stories, my first completed manuscript, RED SHOES & A DIARY hit bookshelves in 2003 to excellent reviews.

It was followed by three more Harlequin Blaze novels, including AFTERNOON DELIGHT which spent two weeks on Bookscan’s best-seller list. I then wrote a novella called SPIRIT DANCE, which appeared in an anthology with Julie Leto and Rhonda Nelson, and a chick lit mystery entitled ANOTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT.

I’m the divorced mom of a species known as "Tee Nay Jer", a former Paralegal and ABA Therapist. Currently, I'm volunteering as the creative vision developer for ICare and working toward NLP certification. Additionally, I'm building my cre8te amuZe business and using the Writing Blocks Idea Dice™ to plot my first young adult novel. Best of all- despite believing it only happens in books and movies- I recently fell in love at first sight with the man of my dreams. 


2010 Washington Romance Writers Marlene Award, If You Only Knew; 2006 Bookscan Top 100 Bestsellers List (Two Weeks), Afternoon Delight; 2005 Readers/ Booksellers Best Laurie, 9 1/2 Days; 2005 More Than Magic Contest, Yours in Black Lace; 2004 Road to Romance Reviewer's Choice Award, 9 1/2 Days; 2004 Romantic Times Bookclub Top Pick, 9 1/2 Days; 2004 CataRomance Reviewer's Choice Award, Yours in Black Lace; 2004 Bookseller's Best Award, Red Shoes & A Diary; 2003 Award of Excellence Contest, Yours in Black Lace; 2003 Gold Rose Award Nominee, Red Shoes & A Diary; 2001 Winning Beginnings Contest, The Storm Lord; 2001 First Impressions Contest, Red Shoes and A Diary; 2001 eHarlequin Round Robin Contest, A Touch of Scandal; 2000 Harlequin Summer Blaze Contest, Red Shoes and A Diary


Recovering Your Creativity, Desert Rose RWA Conference; 
The Butterfly Effect, RWA National Conference;
Not Just Characters and Recover Your Creativity, VRW Chapter;
Recover Your Creativity, The Writers Weekend- Seattle;
The Lowdown on Bad Boys, Toronto Romance Writers Chapter;
Fast & Easy Conflict, RWA From the Heart Chapter;
Aiming for the Keeper Shelf (with Melissa James), RWA Natl;
Hooks: Blurbs & Teasers, RWA From the Heart Chapter
Opening Elements, Maryland Romance Writers;
Climbing the Slush Pile, Hearts through History;
Writing Believable Dialogue, Fun at Home Online Conference