Bio: Maaja loves writing page-turning imaginative fiction. She is a prize-winning author of poetry, articles, and short stories. Her novel, Feeding Frenzy, is a Wattpad featured story which won the HQ Love Watty award. She is currently editing this lighthearted supernatural thriller for publication in fall 2016. Maaja is a teacher-librarian and avid reader who enjoys reviewing books.
Craft: Writer, Play/Screenwriter, Short Fiction Writer, Poet
Watty award winner & Wattpad “featured story,” Feeding Frenzy is a supernatural thriller which explores our obsession with food.
Sweet but chubby Tonya isn’t privy to her town’s darkest secrets, but when campus is overrun by a deadly obesity epidemic, only she can resist a hidden mind-controlling entity. Can Tonya uncover the mystery of its power before it’s too late?
It’s a witch’s brew of intrigue with a dollop of comedy, a teaspoon of romance, and a pinch of horror.
# 11 in Mystery/ Thriller on Wattpad with over 94 000 reads
“This is such an awesome story, and it’ll be a crime if it doesn’t win a Watty award this year.”
— Watty award winner JoanneWeaver
Look for Feeding Frenzy in ebook and paper formats when the published version launches, fall 2016.
Awards: “You,” won a short story prize in the national Norma Epstein Foundation competition for Creative Writing, University of Toronto
“When Johnny Mars Turns Five,” was a finalist in the Science Fiction Poetry Association contest
“Wild Caving” is published in the WCDR Amprosia anthology. It was a finalist in the related short story competition, which offered a $1000.00 top prize.
“How Merilla Got her Groove Back,” was a finalist in the WCDR Phoenix competition.
Maaja’s first slam piece, “Found Poetry Finds You,” was a finalist in the 2014 WCDR poetry slam competition. Her second piece, “Flimflam,” won the competition in 2016.
Her first love story, “Kidnap My Heart,” is featured in the Sun Kissed Fantasy Anthology on Wattpad, as the story for June 30, 2016
Memberships: WCDR, OLA, Sisters in Crime, Bloor West Writers