Miki Hayden

Miki HaydenG. Miki Hayden has published mystery, science fiction, and young adult novels with a rave review in the New York Times for her alternate history novel, Pacific Empire. She also has two writing instructionals in print—and her Writing the Mystery was nominated for three genre awards, winning one. Miki has published a steady stream of short fiction in several genres and received an Edgar for her story “The Maids.” Miki has taught for Writer’s Digest University for the past 13 years.

In 2004 Miki was nominated for a Macavity for the story “War Crimes.” In 2005, yet another story received a Derringer nomination. Her short mysteries have been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Murderous Intent, Whispering Willows, Futures, Nefarious, Tale Spinner, and Kracked Mirror Mysteries. She also recently sold four stories in a series set in Harlem to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Her cross-genre mysteries have been published in Keen Science Fiction and other small press publications, with a Western/mystery appearing in the award-nominated Unholy Orders from Intrigue Press.

Miki also writes science fiction, with short stories published in Spaceways Weekly, Star Anthology, The Galactic Citizen, Lost Worlds, The Fifth Di… and more. Her romance short stories have appeared in The Romantic Bower, True Romance, and True Love.

Miki’s novels prove that “genre” stories can have mainstream appeal. Her first, Pacific Empire (JoNa Books), is an alternate history that appeared on the 1998 New York Times summer reading list. Her second novel, By Reason of Insanity (Free Range Press), is a mystery of psychological suspense that one reviewer has called “[a] precise and compassionate account of the escalation of psychological illnesses.” Her New Pacific (Silver Lake Publishing, 2004), in which a corporate security investigator tracks a missing scientist, is set in 2031.

The Heroine’s Journey, Miki’s YA paranormal in which two girls, one living in the Middle Ages and one in the contemporary USA, reach across time and space to become friends and help one another, has just been bought by Noble Young Adult.

In addition to writing fiction, Miki has been a book reviewer, feature writer and columnist for Blue Murder, Mystery Readers Journal, The Third Degree, Murderous Intent, and Futures, and has worked as a first reader for top New York agents. She twice chaired the annual Edgars Mystery Writers of America symposium day in New York City, with appearances by Mary Higgins Clark, Michael Connelly, other award winning authors and top agents and editors. She has been a board member of the Mystery Writers of America and president of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. Her how-to book, Writing the Mystery, from Intrigue Press (2001), received nominations for several top mystery genre awards-the Agatha, the Macavity, and the Anthony, winning the Macavity—and is about to go into its third edition.

Miki’s latest book, The Naked Writer , is a comprehensive style and composition guide for both new and sophisticated writers, and her ebook on punctuation (Punctuation) is available in all formats.

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