Mirika Mayo Cornelius, also known as Mirika C, is author of novels several books of fiction and poetry. Beginning with the novel Secret as her first project and published in 2002, Colored Lily:Poppa Took My Innocence followed behind in 2005 as the prequel to the dramatic family saga that helped Mirika gain a tremendous fan base as she traveled on book tours from Florida to Chicago, Illinois. Both novels took on a world of their own with readers desiring a third book from the saga which is already released titled PATON, the story of Jocelyn’s hated father.
Written in 2007 but published in 2012 is Mirika’s first fiction romance titled Ain’t Quite What I Thought! with Ain’t Quite What I Thought 2! releasing in the summer of 2013. Since the release of Ain’t Quite What I Thought, Mirika’s readers have grown even wider, landing her sales in a whole new genre, making Ain’t Quite What I Thought another widely read story of love and lust gone terribly wrong!
In 2013, Mirika also released her first, well received urban book series that has acquired phenomenal reviews, Murders at Gabriel’s Trails. This suspenseful series she wrote in one month total after taking a break in between writing Ain’t Quite What I Thought 2. She simply sat at her desk and got a desire to write an urban series so dramatic that it would effortlessly pull a reader to the ending. Murders at Gabriel’s Trails has done just that, and it gained such a base that Mirika released a bonus story, Sins of Bain, and published the series in one book – Murders at Gabriel’s Trails: The Complete 5 Part Series plus bonus Sins of Bain.
In 2014, Mirika released Inside the Gates of Doons, her debut horror, as well as an urban pulp fiction novel titled First Degree Sins from which her next short story, Cold Blooded Goons, is rooted. She also placed The SECRET Novel Collection as a special Christmas release of this year as well only digitally on Kindle, combining Secret, Colored Lily: Poppa Took My Innocence and Paton in one collection. Paton is the third and final book of this family saga that released in 2014.
Having always been a poetry lover from her childhood days,Sunny Sides of My Shade is Mirika’s first book of poetry that she published in 2013 as well. Currently, Mirika is working on more novels and short stories while helping develop other aspiring writers to become authors as well.
She’s a graduate of the USC of SC, and is passionate about working with children between the ages of 2 and 5, preparing them for kindergarten, laying a great foundation for them before entering school. The core of her teaching/tutoring children is reading because she believes that if a child can read, that child can literally teach themselves the truth about many things.
She is a proud mom, wife, and Christian. Mirika attributes all her success to God who has given her the gift to tell amazing stories and the gift of communication through writing. She also thanks her fans, friends, and family for all their support and love.