While her true passion is writing fiction, Mia M. Gonzalez has thrived in journalism, starting her career as a correspondent for the defunct Manila Chronicle.
She covered four Philippine presidents – Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph E. Estrada, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Benigno S. Aquino III – giving her a full immersion into the ins and outs of governance, policymaking, and Philippine politics.
Mia was a fellow of the Institute for the Further Development of Journalists (FOJO) in Sweden, and of the Foreign Press Center Asia-Pacific Fellowship in Japan. As a literary writer, she has won Palanca Awards for her short fiction. Her first collection of stories, Welostit and Other Stories, was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Mia was also a fellow for fiction of the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Scotland, the National Writers Workshop of the University of the Philippines, and the Silliman University National Writers Workshop.
She obtained her Communication Arts degree from Assumption College, where she graduated cum laude, and her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.