• Born in Toronto, Canada, Mimi Cross is an author, singer, and songwriter who grew up in New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and an MA from the School of Education, Nursing, Health, and Arts Professions at New York University with an emphasis on Vocal Jazz. She is a performer, a New Jersey certified music educator, and worked briefly in the music industry. Before Goodbye and Shining Sea are her first two novels.

    “Mimi fuses delicacy and power, heart and gut. Her writing and singing are inspiring, evocative and refreshing.”
    –Grammy award winning artist Rosanne Cash

    A two time Asbury Music Award winner, Mimi has shared the bill with such luminaries as Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Lauryn Hill, Jill Sobule, Loudon Wainwright, and Peter Himmelman. She enjoys performing for the benefit of others and has played shows with many other New Jersey musicians including Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. Her music has been used in independent films and the TV show Defiance.

    Mimi is also a certified yoga instructor and the creator of Body of Writing, a practice that adds an additional dimension to the body, mind, spirit, discipline of yoga: story. Body of Writing is designed to help participants deepen their creativity and discover the stories within them by combining breath work, visualization, and specific yoga postures with powerful writing exercises.


  • As a child, I was a bookworm, and that hasn’t changed. I’m also a musician, and one theme I keep coming back to in my novel writing is the journey of the artist. 

    An artist’s way is often filled with emotional peril, and I think I would have benefited greatly from reading about characters who travel the shadowy roads that many artists walk at one time or another in order to reach their creative potential. And so I try to write the books that were missing from my formative years as a musician and a writer. 


    My greatest hope, as far as my writing goes, is that young people, especially young women, will find my books useful as they grow and strive to reach their own creative potential. At the same time, I hope my readers enjoy the fictional worlds and romantic aspects of my novels. While my first two Young Adult books BEFORE GOODBYE and SHINING SEA explore issues that are important to older teens, I also hope that people of all ages find them entertaining!


    If you have questions about BEFORE GOODBYE or SHINING SEA or about what I can offer in your classroom or at your conference, please connect with me directly by going to my website, mimicross.com, which also includes descriptions of all my currently available workshops. Thank you!


    Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

    —Pablo Picasso

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