By Mindy Mejia

Leave No Trace


“Mejia’s thrilling tale works both as an engaging mystery and a haunting meditation on grief, abandonment, and the lost places within ourselves. Brutal, devastating, and utterly riveting.”
-Kirkus Reviews


Everything You Want Me To Be

A small town community is torn apart by the brutal murder of a talented teenage actress.

Leave No Trace

Ten years ago a father and son trekked into the wilderness and never returned. Until now.

The Dragon Keeper

A zookeeper fights to save the animal she loves, even as her own life crumbles around her.

Critically Acclaimed Thriller Writer

Mindy Mejia

Mindy received a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from Hamline University.
Apart from brief stops in Iowa City and Galway, she’s lived in the Twin Cities her entire
life and held a succession of jobs from an apple orchard laborer to a global credit manager.

Her next book, LEAVE NO TRACE, is on sale now.

Mindy is available for readings, workshops, and book group discussions.

Upcoming Events

Bookstube at the Bierstube | January 17, 2019

MWA Midwest – Death and Taxes | February 9, 2019

Savannah Book Festival | February 14-17, 2019

A Closer Look at S Corporations

Introduction to S Corps We outlined the basics for S Corporations in the Business Entities section, but understanding the advantages and disadvantages of operating an S Corporation can be challenging. Let's review the business structure and then take it through an...

#TaxAdviceforWriters – Business Entities

Business Entities In the first section of this blog series, we looked at income and how the IRS defines business income. So now that you have some money coming in for your work, it’s time to decide what form your business should take for tax purposes. All companies in...

#TaxAdviceforWriters – Income, Part II

Welcome back to #TaxAdviceforWriters! In Income, Part I, we looked at the basics of how the IRS classifies income and whether your writing should be categorized as profit seeking (reported on Schedule C, with expenses and losses allowed) or as a hobby (no expenses or...

What is Income?

This may sound like a silly topic, but it’s important to define what’s included in declarable business income on your Schedule C. Accounting Method First things first. You may notice a question on line F of the Schedule C or be asked by your tax prep software about...

Treating Your Profession as a Professional

In case after case where artists have had to prove their art as a business rather than a hobby, the Tax Court has given substantial weight to one particular factor—whether the activity is conducted in a business-like manner. The good news is this factor is completely...

#TaxAdviceforWriters – Income, Part I

For anyone who follows my blog, it’s no secret I spent a former life in accounting. I worked for sixteen years in corporate finance and was studying to become a CPA (that’s a certified public accountant for the non-numbers types) when my writing career took off. I...

Murder and Mayhem

Last weekend I went to my first Murder and Mayhem conference. If you were sober in Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day, this was absolutely the place to be. As a regular attendee of other writing conferences like Bouchercon and AWP, I’m always frustrated that I can’t be in five panels at once. There’s so much happening simultaneously that it’s impossible to absorb more than a fraction of the content, which is why I appreciated the single-track schedule of MMC. Six panels and a keynote conversation ran throughout the day with breaks for signings and lunch.

ModernWell 2018 Readers and Writers Literary Conference

Today I had the opportunity to participate in the Readers and Writers Conference at ModernWell, the Twin Cities' first women's coworking space. The afternoon featured three keynote speakers, two breakout sessions with multiple craft and motivational panels, and lots...

Duluth Library Fundraiser

Tickets are on sale now for the Duluth library fundraiser! Not only will there be appetizers, a cash bar, and a silent auction, but everyone in attendance will be entered into a drawing to become a character in my next book! (Characterization subject to author...

Everything I Want To Be

I have a confession to make. The US title of my most recent book, EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE, might be more descriptive of me than it is of Hattie. Hattie Hoffman, our dangerous chameleon who becomes all things to all people, took on roles as it suited her whims...

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A future star in crime writing.

– Daily Mail


Ms. Mejia displays the enviable ability and assurance of such contemporaries as Megan Abbott and Laura Lippman.

– Wall Street journal


Mindy Mejia is simply a beautiful writer.

– Twin Cities Pioneer Press

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The Gernert Company

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Simon & Schuster

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