Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story “An Eighteen-Year-Old Looks Back on Life” in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale. Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in more than fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR. Her writing has also been published in national magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine; Newsweek; The New York Times Magazine; Forbes; Salon; San Francisco Magazine, USA Weekly; and many more. She has appeared on "Good Morning America", "The Today Show", CNN, "Hardball with Chris Matthews", "Charlie Rose", and on "Fresh Air". Essays of hers appear in numerous collections. She has been a fellow at Yaddo, UCross, and The MacDowell Colony, where she wrote her 2009 novel, LABOR DAY.
The author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel TO DIE FOR (in which she also plays the role of Nicole Kidman’s attorney) and the bestselling memoir, AT HOME IN THE WORLD, Maynard makes her home in Mill Valley, California. Her novel, THE USUAL RULES --- a story about surviving loss --- has been a favorite of book club audiences of all ages, and was chosen by the American Library Association as one of the 10 best books for young readers for 2003.
Joyce Maynard also runs the Lake Atitlan Writing Workshop in Guatemala, founded in 2002.