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Mia P. Manansala
This 2020, Mia P. Manansala is mentoring Adult
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Mia P. Manansala
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Mia P. Manansala (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 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2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, the 2017 William F. Deeck – Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, and the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship.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’s also a 2017 Pitch Wars alum and 2018-2020 mentor.

Her debut novel, ARSENIC AND ADOBO, comes out May 4, 2021 with Berkley/Penguin Random House and is the first in the Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery series.

Jill Marsal
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

For Pitch Wars 2020, Mia P. Manansala is co-mentoring with Kellye Garrett.

Favorite Books

Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas
Roxane Weary series by Kristen Lepionka
Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day
Chicago Mystery series by Tracy Clark
Noodle Shop Mystery series by Vivien Chien

Years Mentored
2018, 2019, 2020
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