Inspirational Women: Haya Maraka

Each week, SHESAID features an inspiring woman who has been kind enough to share her story with our readers. She might be a leader in her chosen field, someone still on their own path striving to make a difference or simply someone with a remarkable story to tell. These women contribute their own knowledge, expertise and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.

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Name and role:

Haya Maraka, I wish I had one answer to that! Writer, stylist, consultant anything creative.

What do you do on a day to day basis?

No two days are the same for me! Sometimes I spend the day writing, others I am with a client shopping, and some days I am casting models! One thing I do do consistently is walk my adorable puppy Cleopatrick every morning.

How/when did you know you wanted to do this as a career?

Clothes were my first love in life, ever since I was tiny I always remember how much I loved clothes and shopping. So being in the fashion industry was never a decision I had to make it was just what I always knew I was going to do.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere of course! To me inspiration doesn’t generally have to be something beautiful or a place! Sometimes I will be walking down the street and see a construction man with paint all over his jeans and I will go home and decide that I need to paint my jeans.

The good thing about inspiration is you never know when it’s coming, but when it does, only good things come out of it.

Did you have a mentor? Who/what helped you to get your career off the ground?

I don’t have a mentor per say, I do have a lot of people that I admire that are sadly no longer with us, that I have never even met.  Reading about them and what they did is almost like having a mentor! I am obsessed with Diana Vreeland. As far as advice I go to my mother, she is very supportive and gives the best advice always!

What are your goals for the future?

I have so many goals for the future that I could never just sit here and list them in this interview. One of my major goals would be to get my book published.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?

I would say let go of what you think you want, and let the universe guide you, and also always listen to your intuition.

A Day in The Life of… A writer

SheSaid gets the goss from Belinda Alexandra, author of White Gardenia.

Describe a typical day

I usually begin the day with yoga or dancing (depending on my energy level and mood) and a healthy breakfast. I walk my two indoor kitties in the garden and then settle down in front of my computer about 9am. I usually write or read for research about six to eight hours a day, and few hours over the weekend. However, when you work with your imagination, you are pretty well always working, even in your sleep or in the shower. My office is in my head. I do try to ‘shut off’ when I’m out with friends, though, for their sanity’s sake and mine. I usually end the day with dinner with friends or family, a movie, or taking some sort of class (language, history, dancing).

What’s the best part of the job?

Being able to live two lives – the one I’m living and the one I’m creating. Travelling for research. Creating stories that give people pleasure.

What’s the worst part of the job?

Facing a blank page everyday during the first draft process and trying to make the words and images come together. But when it works out, it’s a real high.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

Read books twice. The first time to enjoy the story. The second to study the writer’s technique.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A writer.

Who was the biggest influence on your career?

My mother. She used to buy me exercise books to write down my stories as soon as I learned to hold a pencil.

What would you spend your last $100 on?

A dinner party for good friends

What would you never wear again?

A one piece catsuit (unless it was Halloween).

What are you reading?

Bush Oranges by Kay Donovan. It’s a beautiful tale about sisters living in the tempestuous climate of North Queensland in the 1920s to 1990s.

What can’t you live without?

My sense of humour.

What inspires you?

Beauty – in people’s spirits and in nature.

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