A Bite of… Maria Riegger

An interview with the author of the Law School Heretic series.

1. In a romance what do you feel is most important: a shared sense of humour, tastes in common, sexual attraction or something else?

One of the most important things is the willingness to seek to understand the other person. In any relationship, romantic or otherwise, there will be differences. Your success depends on how you handle the differences. You need to be willing to try to understand where the other person is coming from. For example, you are a saver and your partner is a spender. But did you think about why your partner spends rather than saves? Is that rooted in his/her childhood?

I have issues with how romances are depicted in some movies and television series (and some books), in that it’s difficult to understand how some characters connect and feel emotionally attracted to each other. The audience usually wants the couple to get together right away, but that’s often not how it works in real life. It’s usually this process of sharing and starting to be vulnerable with each other, and then realizing that there is this emotional and intellectual attraction.

2. If you could meet one author, dead or alive, who would that be and why?

I would love to meet Ken Follett. Eye of the Needle is my favorite thriller of all time. It is a tightly constructed, fast-paced novel with an unlikely (and flawed) female lead. Follett is a terrific multi-genre author. In addition to thrillers, he writes historical fiction as well (Pillars of the Earth, set in medieval England, is another of my favorite novels).


3. What is the one piece of advice would you give your fifteen year-old-self – do you think she would take it?

I would tell her not to sweat the small stuff, and, honestly, 70-80% of it is small stuff. Don’t worry about things that are out of your control. I know it’s easier said than done, but the older I get, the less I tend to worry about outcomes, and the more faith I have that I will be able to deal with whatever is thrown at me.

Would my fifteen-year-old self take the advice? I think she would listen, but then do whatever she wanted.

Maria Riegger is a banking/corporate attorney in Washington, DC by day (please don’t hold that against her), and a fiction author by night. She is a Gemini whose head has always been in the clouds. Indeed, from a young age, her mother scolded her for not paying attention. An irreverent Gen X’er, she writes gritty contemporary romance, with plenty of sarcasm. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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