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Mia P. Manansala (MAH-nahn-sah-lah; listen to pronunciation here) (she/her) is a writer and book coach from Chicago who loves books, baking, and bad-ass women. She uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture.


She is the winner of the 2022 Anthony Award for Best First Novel, 2022 Macavity Award for Best First Novel, 2022 RUSA Reading List for Mystery, 2021 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, 2018 Hugh Holton Award, the 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, the 2017 William F. Deeck - Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, and the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship. She was shortlisted for the 2021 Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery/Thriller and the 2021 CHIRBy Award for Fiction by the Chicago Review of Books. She's also a 2017 Pitch Wars alum and 2018-2020 mentor.

A lover of all things geeky, Mia spends her days procrastibaking, playing RPGs and otome games, reading cozy mysteries and diverse romance, and cuddling her dogs Gumiho and Max Power.

Find her on Facebook, Bluesky, and Instagram: @MPMtheWriter

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Writing Partners



The Brains of the Operation

Adorable but sneaky;
not to be trusted.

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Max Power

The Team Mia Cheerleader

Sweet, loyal,
and submissive as heck.

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Bayley Banks (RIP)

The Cranky Old Lady
Black Mage

Has given up on life yet will steal your foodif you so much as blink.

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