About Me


Mikaela Cowles

Photo by Rick Takagi.

Who am I?
I’m Mikaela Cowles – a word-loving, a food-gobbling, book-reading, gal. I’m the owner of Making Language Count, a boutique freelance writing business based in the Seattle area, which means people pay me to work with words. How awesome is that?

Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike. I’ve been known to laugh so hard I hyperventilate.

I’m passionate about photography. I love my family. And, I believe coffee and naps are an essential part of the day.

How did I get here?
After finishing my undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s College of California (SMC), I handed in my basketball jersey for a pen and paper. Staying at SMC, I went on to get my MFA in Fiction Writing. It was one of the most amazing, unexpected, and definitely unplanned experiences in my life. While in grad school my passion for writing grew like I never believed possible.

Baguette Taste – Wonder Bread Budget is a combination of my passions. In college and grad school, my friends and I worked really hard to stretch our thin wallets. We still do.

From the grill, to stove, to oven, and cutting board, I revel in finding new ways to make what I like to eat, while keeping cost to a minimum.