(I've always wanted to be in a fairy tale. This might be my best chance.)
Once upon a time (before the Internet), in a distant village (in California) a baby girl was born (Maya). Trees shook. Wolves howled. Well, maybe not then and there, but that's beside the point.
Maya loved stories and animals. When she was three, her favorite activity was reading to her stuffed bunny, Rabby Foo Foo.
Is this getting tedious? Let's fast forward.
Twenty years later, Maya had graduated with honors in English Language & Literature and Environmental Studies from the University of Chicago. Her thesis was on the environmental impacts of publishing The Tale of Peter Rabbit. She was pursuing a science PhD at Cornell University, spending days and nights experimenting with arsenic…and feeling increasingly unhappy. Something was wrong.
“Well,” said her fairy godmother, “to get different results, try something different.”
Learning and leaping
Maya began teaching a couple of science writing courses on the side. While preparing a unit on voice and audience, Maya looked at children's books and suddenly realized: she wanted to be a graphic designer and writer.
Maya began teaching herself design, and was soon ready to leap out of the Ivory Tower (letting down her long hair didn't comply with lab safety protocol).
Happily ever since
Maya now lives at the intersection of design and writing. Her work has appeared in Creative Pro, InDesign Magazine, Communication Arts, HOW, PRINT Magazine, and Adobe Create, among other publications. Her clients have included the California Academy of Sciences, Landor Associates, The Nature Conservancy, and Seth Godin Productions, where she helped to launch and lead The Marketing Seminar.
Beyond designing and writing for adults, Maya works on children's stories. She hopes to create some that are good enough to be shared with Rabby Foo Foos of future generations—in her book, truly a happily ever after.