Mirika C BIO
Mirika Mayo Cornelius, also known as Mirika C, is author of 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.
“When I originally started writing, my desire was to create stories that were diverse in nature and characters, while delivering a power punch of entertainment that, no matter which book or books a person decided to read and of whatever genre, they would find ultimate enjoyment in it. I want to write books that I feel are and have been missing in literature. I want to write what I never read. My desire hasn’t changed. It’s only grown stronger, and I’m grateful that I’ve had the life and imagination inside of me to do it. I thank God.”
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 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.
Mirika released two novellas at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 titled I Thought I Was Alone, a thriller, that is having much success as well as an urban novella titled Most Wanted Felon. It is in the year 2015 that she released the sequel to I Thought I Was Alone 2 and another novel and fiction drama titled Curse the Cotton.
In 2016, she released the final installment for her I Thought I Was Alone book series with I Thought I Was Alone 3 and then the complete I Thought I Was Alone Trilogy where readers can get all three books in one.
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.
Not only is Mirika the co-founder of Akirim Press publishing along with her husband, author Rod Cornelius, she is the founder and chief editor of celebrity and entertainment sites InnTheBasement.com and Runway411.com, having interviewed/featured such celebrities as Sheree Fletcher of Hollywood Exes, MiMi Faust of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta , Rapper Rasheeda, of the same show, the gospel group Take 6, Gospel Music’s Leading Man & singer Earnest Pugh, singer and founder of Little Boy Wonder Music Inc. Bryan Popin, R&B singer Chrisette Michele, authors Kimberla Lawson Roby, Omar Tyree, Leigh McKnight, Eric Greene (nephew of Sam Cooke), Donnel Duncan and more!
On February 24, 2015, Mirika launched her new blog THE TEA with MIRIKA C on her website. She wanted her blog to be more personal, thus, deciding that her official website would be the brand new home of her new blogging venture. THE TEA is positive yet punchy if needed, so join her at THE TEA.
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.
Not only is she a literary visionary as co-founder of Akirim Press where she blogs hints and techniques for writing, 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.