What’s On Your Nightstand: Maria Murnane

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 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.

Maria Murnane Headshot

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! :)

I’ve been reading a lot of literary nonfiction because I love to learn about interesting subjects, but I also love a good story! I usually end up picking books the way most people do, through good old word-of-mouth. (That’s why I recently read Unbroken, The Goldfinch, Gone Girl, Wild, and Going Clear.) I have several friends who are avid readers, so whenever we get together I ask them for recommendations and then add them to a rolling list I keep on my laptop. Occasionally I’ll try a book because I’ve met the author at an event, which is always fun.
Maria Murnane's Nightstand
Here is a photo of my nightstand– you’ll see the paperback I just finished sitting on top of my Kindle. I also keep a notepad by my bed in case I come up up ideas for my books or my blog in the middle of the night! The photos are of my six nieces and nephews– I call them the munchkins.

Wait for the Rain by Maria Murnane

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!