About the author, Maria Murnane: The way Maria became an author is a little crazy. One day she quit her PR job and went to Argentina by herself for what was supposed to be a two-week trip. Instead, she ended up staying for a year to play soccer for one of the most famous clubs in the world (River Plate). While down there she also decided to do something she’d long dreamed about: writing a humorous novel (very) loosely based on her life as a single, professional woman in San Francisco. Fast forward a few years, and she’s now the bestselling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly), as well as International Book Award winner Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, Wait for the Rain, and Bridges. And yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!
Describe yourself in five sentences: Soccer nut. Favorite auntie. Loyal friend. Overly self-critical. Grammar police.
Hard/paperbacks or eBooks? I love paperbacks, but I usually read eBooks so I can read standing up on the subway, while eating, etc. I also like being able to start a book thirty seconds after I decide I want to read it.
Salty or sweet? I used to love sweet, but lately I’m all about salty. Salt and vinegar potato chips are my current obsession.
When did you know you wanted to write? When a soccer teammate of mine told me how much she looked forward to my weekly emails about our upcoming game. She said they were the highlight of her week because she found them so funny.
How did you celebrate when your first book was published? I had a party at a bar with friends!
What are you reading? The Atlas of Forgotten Places, by my friend Jenny Williams. She is so talented!
Name something that every author must have: A laptop. I don’t know how people used to (or still) write longhand or on a typewriter. I would never finish anything.
Do you have any writing rituals? I have to read the New York Times and have a cup of coffee before I do anything. Does that count?
If you weren’t an author, what would you be? I’d probably be an in-house writer for a university. I think that would be a great job.
Where do you see your writing career in five years? I’m currently working on a screenplay for my novel Wait for the Rain. I’d love to continue adapting my books for film or TV.
What do you want your readers to take away from your books? That none of us know what we’re doing, and that’s okay.
What are you working on right now? A screenplay adaptation of Wait for the Rain. Very exciting!
“Wait for the Rain” by Maria Murnane
In Wait for the Rain, a woman reeling from a divorce reunites with her college friends and learns that life really can begin at forty.
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“Bridges” by Maria Murnane
In Bridges, those same three friends meet up in New York City to celebrate a surprise engagement, but each of them has a secret.
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