Mirka Breen was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel.
In first grade, Mirka discovered story books. Books seemed to convey some deep truths, and ask very good questions. She kept lots of books by her bedside, the way some keep their favorite stuffed animals.
In a way, the die was cast then. Some day she would grow up to write stories for children.
Mirka now lives in California, in a small house by the sea. At least her home seems to be close to the sea if you look at a map. You’d have to walk a few blocks and then you’d get a glimpse of the ocean, on a very clear day. But she thinks “by the sea” sounds better. Mirka shares her home and anchor with her husband, three adopted cats, and two rapidly maturing children who visit on college breaks, and come home to nest in the summer.
When not weeding, cooking or cleaning, Mirka writes stories. (Full disclosure— writing every week day.) Two of her stories were traditionally published, one picture book and one award-winning novel for pre-teens.
You can read more about Mirka on her website and her blog http://mirkabreen.blogspot.com/