A former PR executive who abandoned a successful career to pursue a more fulfilling life, Maria Murnane is the author of the best-selling romantic comediesPerfect on Paper and It’s a Waverly Life. At many of her speaking engagements she shares the “story behind the story,” an entertaining tale of courage, passion and perseverance that has inspired audiences across the country to follow their dreams—no matter what.
A remarkable personal story
Perfect on Paper was initially turned down by several major publishing houses, so Maria self-published and implemented a creative, grass-roots marketing campaign in an effort to prove the publishing houses wrong. And it worked! Within a year Perfect on Paper attracted the attention of senior executives at Amazon, who chose it out of more than 10,000 self-published titles for the company’s venture into traditional publishing. They offered Maria a contract, and in 2010 an updated version of the award-winning novel was released by the AmazonEncore imprint in the United States. Since then it has also been published in Hungary and by Random House in Germany, and Maria has signed on with the same Hollywood film rights agency that represents the authors ofCapote and Legend of the Guardians. The sequel, It’s a Waverly Life, was released by Amazon Publishing in November 2011, and Maria recently completed the third novel in the series. She has also launched a line of products based on her books that includes witty greeting cards, T-shirts and tote bags.
Organizations that have invited Maria to speak include the Harvard Women’s Leadership Conference, the Massachusetts Conference for Women, the Baltimore Book Festival, the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, the Texas Conference for Women, and Temple University’s Fox School of Business, among many others. She has also been featured in USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Entrepreneur, Money, Shape, and PopSugar.
In addition to working on her own novels, Maria is now a blogger for CreateSpace and helps entrepreneurs and aspiring writers realize their dreams of becoming published authors. She was a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar at UC Berkeley, where she graduated with high honors in English and Spanish and was an Alumni Scholar. She also received a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University.