Maria J. Pilatowiczwas born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, where she completed high school and then two years of the Warsaw University Law School. However before finishing her course of study she left Poland planning to try her luck in the West, beyond the Iron Curtain. Initially she spent six month in Paris working, studying French and waiting for the US visa. Her first stories written in Polish date back to that autumn in Paris.After receiving her emigration papers from the US Consulate in Paris she arrived and made her home in New York. With her limited knowledge of English she found a job at INA (Insurance Company of North America) and started taking English courses at Hunter College. After moving to California she went through a succession of clerical jobs while continuing her studies of English language. From West Los Angeles College to Pierce College, then to California State University Northridge, where she graduated Cum Laude in English earning her BA degree. During her studies at CSUN her writing appeared in many local small presses and magazines under the pen name of Jana Myga. In her last year at CSUN she also co-edited the university literary review.
In 2001 she earned her MA at the prestigious Professional Writing Program of the University of Southern California. Since then she has devoted her time to writing short fiction, essays, working on her novel, revising the manuscript and trying to find a publisher.
While still in graduate school her essays appeared in New Horizon International Review and Northridge Review. Later her fiction was published in the Southern California Anthology, in The Southern Anthology and in What(!) Magazine. She is a finalist of Southern Prize Competition, recipient of the honorable mention in ED Moses Writing Competition, and in the category of Literary Short Story in Writer’s Digest Magazine Writing Competition.
Her first novel “Walking On Ice” is now available and can be purchased from Tate Publishing & Enterprises.
Recently she moved together with her husband to China. For three years she was a resident of the city of Xiamen, in Southern China. While living in China she traveled extensively throughout Asia, visiting numerous exotic locations, among them Vietnam, Cambodia and Tibet.
Her extended stay in China gave rise to the idea for a new book in which the plot embraces her travel impressions from foreign lands and cultures and introduces fictional characters based on the real people she has met. Her “Notes from the Edge of the Continent” Journal of Chinese Impressions still remains “the work in progress” . Since her return to the US she resides in Southern California with her husband.