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Maya Bethany
Maya Golden Bethany

Maya Golden Bethany (pen name Maya Golden) is an award-winning television and print journalist, engaging speaker and budding novelist. She is also the founder and executive director of the 1 in 3 Foundation, a nonprofit that helps women recover from PTSD, addiction and the mental effects of sexual violence. She travels the country speaking about topics including mental health, wellness, education and equality in the workplace.

Maya’s childhood dream of sharing her stories with the world is coming to fruition with her debut novel, The Return Trip. This compelling memoir, set to release in November 2023 through Rising Action Publishing Collective, recounts Maya’s seemingly charmed life as a successful career woman, loyal wife and devoted mother. Yet secretly, she struggles against the lingering trauma of childhood sexual abuse. The mental and physical anguish trigger a decades-long battle against debilitating coping mechanisms and vices ranging from sexual and porn addiction to perfectionism to dissociation disorders and rage. After eye-opening events thwart her suicide plans, Maya begins a transformational journey of healing, leading to her brazen advocacy of initiatives that educate and empower other survivors. Her brutally honest narrative offers hope that they, too, can move beyond the shame and stigmatizing silence associated with childhood sexual abuse and addiction.

Maya's first novel, a political thriller, THE SENATOR, will release in spring 2025 also through Rising Action Publishing Collective. Pitched for fans of the TV show SCANDAL and novel THE PELICAN BRIEF, in which a US Senator from Maine and his NYT reporter college suitemate get close to exposing unlawful plots, threatening the safety of their loved ones and leading them to wonder what's more important--their family and friends or the health of the public.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Maya’s career spans from covering sports for the university newspaper, The Battalion, to working at WFAA in Dallas as a production assistant, editor, newscast writer and field producer. She then worked as a general assignment reporter for KLTV in Tyler, Texas, before becoming the first female weekend sports anchor/sports reporter in the station’s history. Maya further made history as the first female sports director in East Texas television, serving as the main sports anchor during evening newscasts. Currently, she works as a freelance journalist and is a frequent contributor for Bally Sports and is a sideline reporter for Legacy Sports Network. She has been featured on Fox Sports College as well as ESPN 2 & 3. Her work has also appeared on, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, IN Magazine, The Tyler Loop and the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

Maya is a member of the Writers' League of Texas, Women's Fiction Writers Association and WriteHive.

Outside of work, the East Texas resident relishes spending time with her husband and son as well as beloved family pets ranging from man’s best friend to aquatic creatures.

This writer is looking for an agent
Writing, Ghost-writing, Research
Suspense/thriller, Biography, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Memoir
Winner of the Excellence in My Market Award (EMMA) from the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; Two-time EMMY nominee; Winnner of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Best Sports Series and Best Sports Report Awards