Wife of Oscar and Grammy award-winning Hall of Fame songwriter, Paul Williams, Mariana Williams has carved out her own niche. Working as a pianist/singer, she's traveled the US, Japan and even Casa Blanca. In 2003, she traded the piano keys for alphabet keys and put her life experiences to paper, beginning the Veronica Bennett Series with Happy New Year, Darling. Followed by The Valentine State, and Stars or Stripes 4th of July, which won a 2011 National Indie Excellence Award for Chick Lit. Her life experiences as a musician and comedy promoter prepared her for writing the series. Falling into accidental crime, always on the verge of a scheme, and ready for love, Veronica keeps the reader on the edge of her seat; however, Mariana takes on topics more poignant than are generally found in "chick lit." An ongoing element is Veronica's continuing struggle with her teenage son. Her problems in grappling with addiction, authority and boundaries are all woven into each plot. Never preachy, always witty, Mariana's observations keep the reader turning pages; each novel ends with a surprising dénouement. Her latest book, Love, Regret and Accidental Nudity, is a non-fiction collection of tales from her life. Feathered Quill Book Review says, "Ms. Williams' witty banter throughout delivers edgy humor." Mariana was a Moth Grand Slam finalist in the acclaimed story-telling competition which led her to produce Long Beach Searches for Greatest Storyteller, a city-wide event in California now going into its fifth year. She lives in Southern California with Paul, and fills the empty nest with two cats. Mariana says, "I draw inspiration from my husband's lyrics and humility from my two kids' antics. Mainly, I'm honored to be a part of all three of their lives." www.marianawilliams.netRead more Read less
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