About Maya Bairey


About the author

Maya Bairey

Maya felt boxed in by corporate writing and craved the release of expressing herself through art. She wrote her way out. While crafting her story, she found her characters wanting that same artistic expression. The creative spark was lit.

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Maya lives in the middle of the Columbia river, in "weird" and problematic Portland, Oregon. She paints, programs, and protests via street theater with the Raging Grannies. When her husband of 32 years races their sailboat Pearl, Maya watches from their balcony, sharing a seat with Dory the cat, pretending to write.

an office full of plants and feminine decor, a window casting a vivid rainbow across the wall

Maya's office


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What people are saying

"Maya is passionate about creating stories that feel relatable and real. Her characters are imperfect, yet find solutions within themselves and through their relationships, both romantic and platonic. This makes her writing a breath of fresh air in a world where many romance novels often feature idealized and one-dimensional characters."

"Maya's writing is personal and powerful, and her characters are real and relatable, making them all the more endearing. If you're looking for a good read, be sure to check out Painting Celia."

"The way that Celia struggles to find her voice is something that I think a lot of women can relate to. And I think that the way that the book deals with the themes of mental health and self-expression is incredibly important and timely."