(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 surely somewhere they did.
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 ecological impacts of publishing The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and she decided to pursue a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. She spent her days and nights conducting experiments with arsenic…and feeling increasingly unhappy. Something was wrong.
"Well," said her fairy godmother, "to get different results, try something different."
So, Maya began teaching a couple of science writing courses on the side. While preparing for a unit on voice and audience, Maya looked at children's media and suddenly realized: she wished to become a graphic designer and writer.
She began teaching herself the art and magic of design, and was soon ready to leap out of the Ivory Tower (letting down her long hair didn't comply with lab safety protocol).
Ever since, Maya has been creating 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 Landor Associates, The Nature Conservancy, and Seth Godin Productions, where she helped to launch and lead The Marketing Seminar, an online course that has served more than 4,500 professionals around the world.
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.