Maile was born and raised in Hawaii, and lives in Kailua with her husband, four-year-old daughter, and her rescued menagerie of nine cats and a three-legged pit bull. She has been working as a veterinary technician for the past 13 years, obtaining her license and working several years in veterinary management during that time. She also has been teaching at the University of Hawaii in Manoa for the past 15 years. She is completing her doctorate in English, and working toward specialty licensing in veterinary emergency and critical care. She is introducing her favorite past times to her daughter — paddling and kayaking, hiking, reading, and getting messy making art.