Marja Mills is a former reporter and feature writer for the Chicago Tribune, where she was a member of the staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for a 2001 series about Oâ€™Hare Airport entitled â€śGateway to Gridlock.â€ť The Mockingbird Next Door is her first book.
Mills was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. Â She is a 1985 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service;Â a lifelong interest in other cultures led to studies in Paraguay, Spain and Sweden. Â Mills lives in downtown Chicago and often spends time in Madison and her father’s hometown of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, pop. 3,500.