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Mia P. Manansala is a writer of geeky stories filled with murder, sarcasm, and the occasional Simpsons reference. She is the winner of 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2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, the 2017 William F. Deeck – Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, and the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship.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 mentor.
A lover of all things nerdy, Mia spends her days procrastibaking, playing video games, reading cozy mysteries, and dreaming of becoming best buds with Wonder Woman and Kamala Khan.
When she’s not sassing her ever-so-patient husband, she’s cuddling her dogs Max Power and Bayley Banks (bonus points to those who get the name references) at her home just outside of Chicago.
Mia is also quite the joiner, considering that she’s the Secretary of the Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Chapter), and a member of Sisters in Crime, Banyan Asian American Writers Collective, the Chicago Writers Association, and the Chicago Nerd Social Club.
Learn more about her at https://www.miapmanansala.com/
Kellye Garrett’s first novel, Hollywood Homicide, was released by Midnight Ink in August 2017. In addition to receiving starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, it won the Agatha, Lefty and Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards for best first novel. It was also recently nominated for the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel, and Barry award for Best Paperback Original. Hollywood Ending, her second book in the Detective by Day mystery series, is currently in stores. In addition to writing, she currently serves on the national Board of Directors of Sisters in Crime and is the Managing Director for Pitch Wars.
Kellye previously spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder. You can learn more at KellyeGarrett.com.
If you’re nosy like us, you can find Kellye’s 2014 Pitch Wars entry here and Mia’s 2017 Pitch Wars entry here. And if you’re super-nosy (also like us), you can find Kellye’e previous mentee entries by clicking the following links:
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You can also head over to Mia’s site for some additional Pitch Wars resources, including her Success Story interview where she explains exactly what it’s like to work with Kellye, and more cool stuff. Click here!
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