Rising romance star Marjorie M. Liu talks about why she left behind a promising career in law to write in a new interview
with The Internet Writing Journal
. Liu is only 26, but she'll have four books published before her 27th birthday: Tiger Eye
, a paranormal romance from Dorchester that knocked reviewers' socks off, a sequel to Tiger Eye
, A Taste of Crimson
, the second book in the eagerly-awaited Crimson City adventure series and X-Men: The Outcast Empire
(Marvel). So, why did she give up a lucrative career like corporate law?
"I think my defining moment was before I even graduated. I was taking a class on business law -- an interactive course, where we split up into teams and negotiated business deals for large multi-miliion dollar corporations. All pretend, of course -- but almost everyone in that class went through a radical personality shift -- myself, included. I became a mean person. Really mean. Like, outright nasty. Now, I'm no Pollyanna, and I've never touted myself as some sweet doe-eyed pussycat -- but I shocked myself. I didn't like it, either. I realized after that experience that given enough time and enough opportunity, that was who I could become. Ten or twenty years down the line, I would be the person I used to hate. An asshole. So I was already disillusioned when I graduated. Very much so.
Marjorie is destined for great things. And we're happy she escaped the soulless clutches of a big law firm to find her true calling.