Maya Hostettler was born in Zurich. After taking her Ph.D. at the University of Zurich, she went on a journey that took her almost around the world. While traveling in Europe, Africa, Asia and the USA, she wrote travel essays for different newspapers in Switzerland. Simultaneously she wrote poems, novels, novellaw and plays that were published and performed in Switzerland and the USA.
In 1988 she returned to Switzerland and began teaching for the University of Zurich. Sponsored by the Swiss National Fonds, she moved to the USA to do research on African American writers. Three years later, she was appointed Regents’ Professor at the University of California at Irvine where she taught at the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She also offered classes in Creative Writing.
In 1998 Maya began writing for the L. A. film industry. As personal assistant of Maximilian Schell, she got acquainted with the tasks of screenwriting. She was fascinated to be part of a project on Marlene Dietrich.
Presently, Maya Hostettler commutes between Uerikon, a little spot at the Lake of Zurich and their family home at Pany – an even smaller spot – in the Swiss Alps.
Baboo, her dog, reminds her daily that hiking and skiing are as important as writing and reading. Thus, they spend a fair amount of time together, roaming the Alps and playing balls.