Maya Garcia


M Λ Υ Λ Garcia is a Chicago-based author and artist who considers herself a “visual storyteller.” Through words and pictures, she conveys poems and stories from the past, present and future in vivid multimedia images. Her work can be seen in her first novel, “Before The Fire.” Garcia, who says her dreams inspire her creations, is also a poet who designs “soul art” around her words.
In her spare time, Garcia enjoys cooking, reading, listening to music and traveling, especially to see her favorite band Duran Duran. She is also the founder of an art business, Maya’s Divine Designs.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I began writing both poetry and creative fiction around the age of 13, so in the latter half of the 1980's. I was always an avid reader as a child, with a vivid imagination, and being painfully shy, I communicated with the world via crafting stories and drawing pictures.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Before the Fire" is a love story, mystery and fight for justice all rolled into one. It focuses around the Hollis brothers and Marchand sisters, who eventually meet and fall in love. It is a story about their struggle to fight against slavery and prejudice in the deep South, and it is also their coinciding love stories, captured before the reader's eyes. The original characters and even setting were inspired by a series of dreams I've had over the years, as well as a few strange "deja vu moments". A friend encouraged me to start writing down the details, and so a story was born.
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Where to find Maya Garcia online


Before the Fire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,120. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Before the Fire is a radically different spin on the historic fiction novel. It is a true story, written in a narrative style, from the recollections of the protagonist, Southern belle and debutante, Miss Vivienne Marchand. Inspiration is taken from dreams, visions and other “near-miss”, déjà vu moments, experienced by the author, Maya Garcia.

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