About me

Mariana den Hollander Miranda was born in San José, Costa Rica and describes herself as a hybrid between her homeland and The Netherlands. She studied Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. Since childhood, she has lived in different countries around the world.

She currently lives in Belgium where she dedicates herself to her art and recently began a Bachelors in Textile Art at the Academy of Anderlecht in Brussels. Textiles and fibers have become her favorite medium, and she wants to continue exploring this new passion. Mariana hopes to be able to follow different textile design courses in different countries and never stop learning new techniques from craftspeople around the world. She also continues to write as a way to connect with the world. Mariana admits that since she read The Diary of Anne Frank at the age of eleven, she understood that humans have one voice no matter our nationality, age, or gender. She is also passionate about human relationships and how they can be the source of our deepest joy or our deepest pain. Through writing, she finds a way to share her insights or “tips” on how to navigate the sometimes tempestuous waters of life.

The Heaviest Weight is her first book, originally published in Barcelona in 2007 by Aurea Editores, which has been published in its third edition in 2020 and will be published for the first time in English.

Currently, she is writing two more books: Queen of Rejection, which is already in the process of being published and is about the rejection she has suffered throughout her life and how she has transformed it into her biggest asset. Mariana considers herself an expert in rejection and in how to handle it. She is also writing a third book about relationships, and there is no doubt that this story will bring more honesty and insight into the intricate world of romantic love.