Writing

Recent News:

MaryAnn’s latest children’s book, The Dandelion Patch, will be released on April 1, 2017, by TopNotch Press. Stay tuned for details.

MaryAnn’s latest novel, A Sicilian Farewell, has been released. This story is Book 2 of The Italian Chronicles Trilogy.  Book 3, Return to Bella Terra, is scheduled for release in late fall of 2017.

MaryAnn’s article, “Draw from Life to Write NF Books,” appeared in the April 2012 issue of Children’s Book Insider. Available to subscribers only at www.write4kids.com.

MaryAnn’s short story for children, entitled A Surprise for Robbie, appeared in the May 2011 issue of Bumples Magazine.

MaryAnn’s article, Five Fiction Facts, appears in the March 2010 issue of Christian Fiction Online Magazine. To read the article, please click here.

Check out MaryAnn’s three books for junior high school students A Student’s Guide to Nathaniel Hawthorne, A Student’s Guide to Herman Melville, and A Student’s Guide to Mark Twainall published by Enslow Publishers. Part of the Understanding Literature series, the books cover the lives and major works of these great American authors. Targeted to middle-grade and junior high school students, the books are being used in schools and libraries throughout the country. They are also excellent for homeschoolers.

MaryAnn’s true inspirational story, “Miss Ritter’s Bible,” appears in a book entitled The Heart of a Teacher compiled by Wayne Holmes and published by Bethany House Publishers. Another of MaryAnn’s stories, “The Power of Faith”, was published in God Answers Moms’ Prayers, part of the acclaimed God Allows U-Turns Series. MaryAnn’s story recounts the miraculous healing of her then infant daughter Gina 38 years ago.

NOTE: All works listed are copyrighted by law. None of these articles or stories may be reproduced by any means whatsoever without the written permission of Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. Violators will be prosecuted and subject to fine and/or imprisonment.

Other published works include the following:

Fiction:
–The Madonna of Pisano (TopNotch Press, 2015)
–Surrender to Love (TopNotch Press, 2014)
–A Christmas Homecoming (Harbourlight Books, 2012)

Magnolia Memories (By Grace Publishing, 2008)
Blind Date (Romancing the Christian Heart, February 2005)

The Homecoming (Romancing the Christian Heart, October 2004)
Tommy Takes the Prize (Junior Trails)
The Ball Hog (Today’s Christian Teen; Young Generation Book of Short Stories)
The Birthmark (Show ‘n’ Tell)
–A Surprise for Robbie (Bumples Magazine)

Articles:

Five Fiction Facts (Christian Fiction Online Magazine)
Hints for Reprints (E-zine Articles)
Avoiding Emotional Adultery (A Time to Love Magazine)
Conquering Jealousy in Marriage (A Time to Love Magazine)
Courageous Parenting (A Time to Love Magazine)
Feminist Fallacies (A Time to Love Magazine)
The Coaching Phenomenon (Author’s Den, Ezine Articles)
Journey with the Voices (My Book Therapy, Summer 2010)
Identifying Learning Styles: Kinesthetic Kids (EduGuide)
Story in Rest Stops for Busy Moms (Broadman & Holman, 2003)
–”Miss Ritter’s Bible” in Rest Stops for Teachers (Broadman & Holman, 2003)

Awards Won:
–Silver Medal for eBook Fiction in the 2015 Illumination Book Awards Contest for A Christmas Homecoming (A Novella)

–Included in 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading (The Authors’ Show, 2013)

–First Place in the Inspirational Category for Sicilian Sunrise (published in 2015 as The Madonna of Pisano )

2011 Colorado Romance Writers Heart of the Rockies Unpublished Author Contest

–First Place in the Inspirational Category for Sicilian Sunrise (published in 2015 as The Madonna of Pisano)

2011 Space Coast Launching a Star Contest (STAR)

–Second Place in the Historical Category for Sicilian Sunrise (published in 2015 as The Madonna of PIsano)

2011 Romance Writers’ Ink Where the Magic Begins (WTMB) Contest

–Second Place in Inspirational Women’s Fiction for Sicilian Sunrise (published in 2015 as The Madonna of Pisano)

2009 East Texas Romance Writers of America (RWA) Southern Heat Contest

–Third Place in General Fiction for The Sicilian Conspiracy (published in 2015 as The Madonna of Pisano)

2006 American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest

–Honorable Mention for Radio Script – Take One Radio Theatre Contest (1994)

–Second Place for the Novel – St. Davids Christian Writer’s Conference Contest (1992)


–$4000 Third Prize – AMY Foundation Writing Awards Program (1990)


–Fifth Place Award – National Writers’ Club Short Story Contest (1990)


–Top 100 – Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest (1990)


–Poetry Award – Catholic Daughters of America Poetry Contest (1960)


Sampling of Places Published:
A Time to Love Magazine

–Abingdon Press
American String Teacher
–Bethany House
–Broadman & Holman
Bumples

–By Grace Publishing
Canadian Writer’s Journal
Children’s Book Insider

–Christian Coaches Network
Christian Fiction Online Magazine
Christian Life
Christian Parenting Today
Cross & Quill
Cumberland News

–Daystar Press
Decision
Dedicated Author
–Enslow Publishers
–God Allows U-Turns
–Harvest House
Healthy Kids
Human Events
–Institute of Children’s Literature Online Newsletter
Junior Companion
Junior Trails
L’Esprit Créateur
Michigan Learning
Moody Magazine
On the Line
Pen & Sword
Penn & Ink
Pentecostal Evangel
PCM Bulletin
–Power for Living
–Risk Management Review
–Romancing the Christian Heart
–Show ‘n’ Tell Magazine
–SpiritLed Writer
–Spring Hill Review
–Sprouts
–Standard
–Sunday Digest
–Sword & Plume
–The Atlantic City Press
–The Christian Communicator
–The Daystar Discipler
–The Gem
–The King’s Pages
–The Lampstand
–The Optimist
–The Saturday Evening Post
–The Wonder Years

–Thomas Nelson Publishers
–Today’s Christian Teen
TopNotch Press
–Virtue
–Vision
–WIN Newsletter

–Young Generation Book of Short Stories
–Zoomer & Co.

Books Published:
The Daystar Devotional (TopNotch Press, 2016)
God Speaks to Me (TopNotch Press, 2013)
–A Christmas Homecoming (Harbourlight Books, 2012)
Mastering the Art of Success (Insight Publishing, 2011)
–You Were Made for Greatness! (e-book) (TopNotch Press, 2011)

A Student’s Guide to Nathaniel Hawthorne (Enslow, 2004)
A Student’s Guide to Herman Melville (Enslow, 2006)
A Student’s Guide to Mark Twain (Enslow, 2008)
Making Your Marriage Work (Daystar Press, 2003)
–Writing Fiction for Children (Daystar Press, 2000)
–Writing Non-Fiction for Children (Daystar Press, 2000)
–Selling Yourself on You: Discovering God’s Will for Your Life (Daystar Press, 1989)
Balancing Your Budget God’s Way (Daystar Press, (1987)
Dating Etiquette for Christian Teens (Daystar Press, 1984)

Audio-Books Published:
–Selling Yourself on You (TopNotch Press, 2014)
–A Christmas Homecoming (Harbourlight Books, 2013)

Contributor to the Following Books:
–God Answers Moms’ Prayers (Harvest House, 2005)
The Heart of a Teacher (Bethany House, 2005)
Rest Stops for Busy Moms (Broadman & Holman, 2003)
Rest Stops for Teachers (Broadman & Holman, 2003),
My Turn to Care (Thomas Nelson, 1994)
Religious Writer’s Marketplace (Abingdon, 1993)

Audio-Cassettes on Writing
–Discovering God’s Will for Your Writing (Daystar Press)
–Commercial Writing: A Well-Kept Secret (Daystar Press)

Radio and Television Interviews:
–Women by Grace Radio Talk Show (Kelly McCausey)
–WDAS (Philadelphia) (Ed Jones Talk Show)
–By the Book Radio (Debbie Williams)-August 13, 2005
–Off the Cuff (The Paul Hunsberger Show, WSNJ, Bridgeton, NJ)
–LeSea Alive (Lester Sumrall Ministries, South Bend, Indiana)
–WIBG (Ocean City, NJ)

Professional Appointments:
–International Who’s Who
–Who’s Who in the East
–International Authors and Writers Who’s Who
–Dictionary of International Biography
–The World Who’s Who of Women
–Who’s Who in the World
–International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women
–The Nationwide Registry of Who’s Who in Executives and Businesses
–Who’s Who of American Women
–Who’s Who in America
–Who’s Who in Finance and Business

Professional Memberships:
–American Christian Fiction Writers
–Christian Coaches Network
–Romance Writers of America (RWA)
–New Jersey Romance Writers of America (NJRWA)
–The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
–The New Jersey Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (NJSCBWI)

Contest Judge:
–The AMY Writing Awards Program
–Capitol Writers Annual Contest (Washington, DC)
–American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest

Workshops Presented:
July 31, 2013

The Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Conference
Cairn University
Langhorne, PA
How to Write in Deep POV

June 29-23, 2012
St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference (Grove City College, Grove City, PA)
Writing Short Stories for Children
Writing Non-Fiction for Children
Life Management for Writers
Writing with Pizzazz!

July 21-26, 2002
Montrose Christian Writers’ Conference (Montrose, PA)
Juvenile Fiction
Writing for Teens and Young Adults
Keynote: The Christian Writer as Salt and Light

June 21-22, 2002
Mid-Atlantic Christian Writers’ Conference (Gaithersburg, MD)
Writing for Children
Life Management for Writers

June 18-23, 2000
St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference (Geneva College)
Writing for Children
Life Management for Writers
Keynote Address: The Christian Writer as Salt and Light

November 4, 1999
Christian Writers’ Club Internet Chat
Self-Image and the Writer

April 29-30, 1994
Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Spring Seminar
Writing for Women

October 6, 1993
Sandy Cove Christian Writers’ Conference

Writing for Women
The Christian Writer As Salt and Light

October 31, 1992
The New Jersey Society of Christian Writers’ Seminar
Breaking into the Secular Market

October 6, 1992
Sandy Cove Christian Writers’ Conference
Writing for Women in the ’90’s

June 25, 1992
35th Annual St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference
Writing for the Secular Market

May 8-9, 1992
Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Spring Seminar
Paid Critiques

April 11, 1992
St. Davids Christian Writers’ Seminar (Howell, NJ)
Keynote Address: The Writer As Visionary

June 8-10, 1990
42nd Annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference
Inspirational Writing (Three-day workshop)

November 16, 1989
Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship
Time Management for Writers

July 15, 1989
Fairton Christian Center Writers’ Workshop
The Basics of Article Writing

March 28, 1987
Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Spring Seminar
The Basics of Article Writing

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MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA, CLC
Author of Fiction
Certified Life Coach

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