Mia Herrera was born and raised in Markham, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, Book and Media Studies and Cinema Studies in 2009. In 2011, she received the Writers Trust Fund Scholarship and obtained a Certificate in Creative Writing from Humber College. Mia has made a career as both a professional writer and communicator, working full-time in government and law enforcement agencies while writing freelance and fiction on the side. Her short stories, feature articles, and reviews have appeared in various online and print publications like CG Monthly, Live in Limbo, Side Street Review, Hart House Review, and TOK: Writing the New Toronto, Book 7. Her debut novel Shade tells the story of a young woman who seeks escape from her everyday routine in northern Ontario by visiting her father in the Philippines – the fantastical land of ghosts and glamour that her parents described to her as a child. Mia is currently the Ontario Representative on The Writers Union of Canada’s National Council.