I met Maria Murnane purely by accident. Several years ago at the Massachusetts Women’s Conference, Maria and I shared a table at Elizabeth Gilbert’s lunch keynote. After a bit of small talk, I discovered her success story. Her first self-published novel was so successful, that it caught Amazon’s attention. They quickly signed her on under their then-new publishing imprint. Maria has gone on to publish more successful novels featuring loveable heroines that her readers will root for. With the release of her newest book Wait for the Rain next week, I asked her to share what’s currently on her nightstand.
I just finished reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt on my Kindle. I read it because I kept hearing how beautiful the writing is. I enjoyed it but agree with the general consensus that it’s a few hundred pages too long, and I also found it to be a bit depressing for my taste. I’m currently reading a murder mystery called Hidden Prey by John Sandford that I found lying around my parents’ house. When I finish that, I think I’m going to read a comedy to lighten things up!
Maria Murnane spent nearly a decade working in high-tech PR before deciding she needed a change. She quit her job and went to Argentina by herself for what was supposed to be a two-week trip before figuring out what to do next. Instead, she ended up staying for a year to play semi-professional soccer, and while down there she also decided to write a funny novel based on her experiences as a single woman in San Francisco. Fast forward a few years, and she’s now the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two), as well as Cassidy Lane,and Katwalk. Her new book, Wait for the Rain, is the story of three college friends who reunite on a tropical island to celebrate a milestone birthday (40!).
Thanks for sharing Maria!