Natsuki Takaya is a successful author of shôjo mangas (mangas for girls), which are published by Hakushensha. She made her debut in 1991 with several short stories in the magazine Hana to Yume. Her first serial was 'Geneimuso', which she began in 1994. She is best known for 'Fruits Basket', a manga that also became a television show. She is influenced by shôjo specialists Hiwatari Saki and Takahashi Rumiko.