Photo by Chris Conroy Photography
Photo by Chris Conroy Photography

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 LaneKatwalkWait for the Rain, and Bridges. And yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!  

“Maria is a profound role model for women (and men) who wish to pursue their dream.”

Max Chang, UC Berkeley Alumni Association of Utah

Books by Maria

The complete Waverly Bryson series

"Maria has an uncanny ability to create such realistic and relatable characters that speak to the reader on a personal level. Her characters never seem to be far-fetched and more every-day people."
  • Amber Gleisner
  • Up All Night Book Addict
"I’m so impressed with Murnane’s writing style and dialogue that literally pulls you into the novel and into the moment. While reading you can feel the characters’ emotions whether embarrassment, anger, sadness, or joy."
  • Jen Taylor
  • Dandelions Inspired
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