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What inspired you to write your book?
I chose my Maya’s name very deliberately—it’s a name and word that appears across many languages and cultures, sometimes with slight variations in spelling. Just a few examples: “Maia” is the Greek variation, “maya” means “love” in Nepali, Mya is a Muslim name, “Maija” is the Finnish variation of the name, “Mayu” is a Japanese name that means “truth,” and “Maya” appears in Hindu mythology and means “illusion” [source: Wikipedia]. I love these various definitions that come from such disparate cultures—combined, they describe Maya as a person as well as hint at her role in the story. Symbolically, I wanted Maya to be universal, a young woman who simultaneously belongs everywhere and nowhere, and her name captures this, too.