Maria Romana began her writing career in the third grade, when a thoughtful teacher sent home a note on the back of her report card suggesting that she should pursue fiction writing, because her imaginative stories and skill in expressing them made it the only logical choice. Maria took the teacher's words to heart and kept the dream alive, even while pursuing a B.S. in mathematics and an MBA, which led to twenty years of writing as a research statistician in academia, medicine, and consumer marketing--not exactly what her teacher had in mind perhaps, but often every bit as imaginative.
At the age of 40, Maria finally published her first novel, "Little Miss Straight Lace". The book is a complex tale of mystery and romance set in the Research Triangle Park region of NC, where much of Maria's career was spent. The story is loosely based on her experiences in pharmaceutical research there. She currently resides just outside the RTP area with her husband and two children.