A true blue Taurean in every way, Mirella Sichirollo Patzer was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, but grew up in Calgary, a city famous for the Calgary Stampede, oil companies, and the wild west.
Mirella is first generation Italian Canadian who likes a clean house but hates housework, detests winter, and is a mild claustraphobic. She loves books, cooking, writing, and a good helping of her tira-mi-su.
Her first short story, The Holy Lance, won honourable mention in a writing contest and was included in the Canadian anthology, Tall Tales and Short Stories by Tall Tales Press.
Her second short story, Down Three Steps, was featured in the Canadian best selling anthology, Mamma Mia: Good Italian Girls Talk Back.
She is the author of historical fiction novels The Blighted Troth and The Pendant. Her latest novel Orphan of the Olive Tree is scheduled for release in 2012.
She is currently working on a novel of the life of Mathilde of Ringleheim, The first queen of Germany, one of the most fascinating and influential women of the 10th century.