Maggie Viale grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied art at UC Davis before receiving her MFA degree in painting and sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1985 and has studied screenwriting at the Master’s Class at UCLA Extension. Her paintings and screenplays have won numerous awards and she has received grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation for her paintings which have been shown nationwide. She is also a Third Degree Reiki Master. Maggie conceived the idea of compiling Happiness Awaits You! to assist others find more joy, peace and contentment in their life. The cover artwork for the book is an original acrylic on paper painting which she completed in 2010. She is currently working on other writing and painting projects.