Filipino American Mia Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo and Homicide and Halo-Halo gave Fully Booked a sneak peak to her writing nook, candle collection, and more as she takes readers on a mini-tour of her home.
Know more about Mia and her books on the recently held Fully Booked Chats with Mia Manansala. If you missed watching the event, you may watch the it via the Fully Booked Facebook page or Youtube channel.
For now, here are five Fast Facts you ought to know about the cozy mystery author Mia Manansala.
1. Mia wrote all of Homicide and Halo-Halo in one place.
Mia’s first novel, Homicide and Halo-Halo, was written in her cozy work area alongside her favorite things in the world: tea, candles, and some plush toys. On top of this, her desk is also filled with geeky merch, crystals, and tarot cards.She also shared with us a photo of her writing desk, which is also filled with more geeky merch, crystals, and tarot decks.
2. Before writing books, Mia taught English for more than three years in South Korea.
Before becoming an author, Mia spent more than three years in South Korea as an English instructor. Then, she taught at a for-profit language school in Chicago. But when the pandemic happened, she found herself in a career change. Currently, Mia is happily employed as the Youth Services Desk Assistant at the Forest Park Public Library, as Mia mentioned via APALA.
3. She is obsessed with candles and lights one before every writing session.
Some novelists have a writing ritual–something they do before getting started to work on a new chapter for a book they are currently writing. Mia is one of those writers and for her, it is a no-brainer: she definitely makes sure one of her candles is lit–she has a shelf dedicated to different scents that she uses when writing.
4. Mia has two dogs living with her.
Not only is Mia a book lover, she adores dogs as well. She has two puppers named Max Power and Gumiho. Mia revealed that she adopted Gumiho when she lived in South Korea and brought her back to Chicago where she currently lives. Max Power, on the other hand, is named after a Simpsons quote.
5. Arsenic and Adobo and Homicide and Halo-Halo are part of the Tita Rosie’s Cozy Mystery Series.
Tita Rosie’s Cozy Mystery Series is a book series filled with delectable dishes and sharp humor topped with a bit of mystery and thriller. Arsenic and Adobo, which is also a RUSA-award winning novel, is the first book in the series. Meanwhile, Homicide and Halo-Halo was recently published last year. The third book in the series, Blackmail and Bibingka, is set to be released in 2022.
Mia P. Manansala
The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer...
When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She's tasked with saving her Tita Rosie's failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case.
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Mia P. Manansala
Death at a beauty pageant turns Tita Rosie’s Kitchen upside down in the latest entry of this witty and humorous cozy mystery series.
Things are heating up for Lila Macapagal. Not in her love life, which she insists on keeping nonexistent despite the attention of two very eligible bachelors. Or her professional life, since she can’t bring herself to open her new café after the unpleasantness that occurred a few months ago at her aunt’s Filipino restaurant, Tita Rosie’s Kitchen. No, things are heating up quite literally, since summer, her least favorite season, has just started.
Get Homicide and Halo-Halo: A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery, Book 2 (Paperback) by Mia P. Manansala and other crime and mystery fiction books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.