Mia Törnqvist was born in Stockholm in 1957. She has a degree in Italian and The History of Literature. She has translated plays and novels from Italian and English. She studied dramaturgy at Dramatiska Institutet (University College of Film, Television, Radio and the Theatre) in Stockholm in 1987-90 and for the next three years she worked as a dramaturge at Västmanland's county theatre. Since 1993 she has worked as a freelance playwright and dramaturge.