M. Raiya knew she was a writer since second grade when her teacher kept her in for recess to get extra help because “Somebody had better teach you about semicolons!” She started her first fantasy trilogy in fifth grade. She majored in writing in college, got her master’s degree in English, published some literary fiction, and fortunately emerged from all that with her imagination unscathed.
She is a fifth-generation Vermonter and often needs four-wheel drive to reach her winter home on a dirt road in the mountains. In the summer, she lives in camp on top of a thirty-foot cliff overlooking Lake Champlain. Her other passions besides writing are birdwatching, nature photography, kayaking, and swimming. She takes lots of long walks with a camera and a pair of binoculars. Or she might be found in the lake or in a handy swimming pool in the winter, since she has distant mermaid ancestry.
She is married and has two artistic daughters, two cats who demand that they lie between her and her laptop whenever she dares to sit down, and a red Labrador retriever who makes sure she gets lots of exercise. She worked for seventeen years as a paraeducator in the special education department of a nearby high school, helping students in their humanities classes.
M. Raiya’s novel Depth of Return won first place in the 2017 Rainbow Awards in the Gay Paranormal Romance category, and her novel Another Healing was a finalist in the 2015 Rainbow Awards.