Silicon Valley Vet Takes Readers on Corporate Ride in ‘P.I.G. Mantras’
Silicon Valley veteran Romina Wilcox www.RominaWilcox.com has published her third novel set in the cyber-corporate world, this time telling a tale that will make readers both laugh and sympathize.
“The P.I.G. Mantras” is the story of Maite Burns, a 20-year-old who needs to get a job to support her husband. (She doesn’t mind; he’s the love of her life, and she will do anything to protect her marriage.) She sets her sights on Silicon Valley. Determined to prove that she can become a respected career woman without traditional qualifications, she drops out of junior college and jumps head-first into the highly educated, highly motivated workplace of Silicon Valley.
Maite is hired as a temporary administrative assistant and works her way up through the ranks as she tackles a series of challenges – anxiety, self-doubt and the persistent fear of failure.
“She draws her inspiration from the women she admires – powerful, successful women, from Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Reagan to Oprah Winfrey and Vera Wang,” Wilcox says. “Specifically, she looks to their words for strength as she deals with the vagaries of five quirky, demanding bosses and their staffs.
“The P.I.G. Mantras” is Wilcox’s first foray into “chick” literature – a departure from her previous cyber thrillers.
But — “it speaks to anyone – man or woman – trying to reinvent themselves in this difficult job market,” writes Amazon reviewer Dana Micheli. “Who among us has not been tortured by a nasty, narcissistic or neurotic boss (or all of the above)? The best part is that we get to laugh as we learn the lessons.”
Adds reviewer Carole Cox:
“(The book) gave me the chance to come to terms with my own insecurities and maturation as an employee. We are not alone in our fear of failure, our need to provide for our family and our hope to become a valuable employee.”
About Romina Wilcox
Romina Wilcox has worked for giant semiconductor companies supporting top Silicon Valley executives for 15 years. She has a liberal arts degree, a certificate in computer programming and has had computer forensic training from Southeast CyberCrime Institute. Her first cyber-thriller, “Cold Eyes” – an intrigue of murder, cybertheft and love – received honorable mention at the 2007 New York Book Festival. Wilcox lives in the heart of Silicon Valley with her husband and their three children.