MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA


Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. She writes riveting, compelling, page-turning fiction that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart. Her latest novel, IN BLACK AND WHITE, is a powerful love story between a white woman and a black man. She has also written THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES Trilogy, including Book 1: THE MADONNA OF PISANO, Book 2: A SICILIAN FAREWELL, and Book 3: RETURN TO BELLA TERRA. Other works of fiction include: SURRENDER TO LOVE (TopNotch Press, 2015), and A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING (Harbourlight Books, 2012-Winner of the Silver Medal in E-Book Fiction in the 2015 Illumination Book Awards Contest). MaryAnn is currently working on a novel on racism titled IN BLACK AND WHITE. It is scheduled for release in 2019.

MaryAnn has also authored nine children’s books: POEMS FOR WEE ONES, THE DANDELION PATCH (winner of BEST BOOK OF JUVENILE FICTION in the 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards Contest), CANDLE LOVE, TOBY TOO SMALL, DO ANGELS RIDE PONIES? WHO IS JESUS? (Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards), A STUDENT’S GUIDE TO NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, A STUDENT’S GUIDE TO HERMAN MELVILLE, and A STUDENT’S GUIDE TO MARK TWAIN, all published by TopNotch Press.

MaryAnn is married to her awesome husband Dominic, a retired ER physician. They have two amazing adult daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, and six rambunctious grandchildren. When not writing, MaryAnn loves to read, paint, and play the piano, cello, and guitar. She also loves to make up silly songs for her grandchildren.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I wrote poetry as a teenager and won a national poetry contest when I was 15.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read inspirational fiction, and I read non-fiction. Most of the non-fiction I read deals with relationships since I believe that relationships are the most important aspect of life.
Read more of this interview.


When Maria Landro's dreams are shattered shortly before her wedding day, she begins the long, hard journey of making sense of her suffering and pain. This three-volume series follows her on this difficult journey that brings out the best that is in her. It will also inspire you to bring out the best that is in you in the midst of your own pain and suffering.


In Black and White
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 62,430. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
First Place Winner in Historical Fiction Category of 2020 Christian Indie Book Awards Contest A white woman. A black man. And their forbidden love. Can endurance and faith sustain the love between a white woman and a black man, threatened by rejection, guilt, and racial injustice? Can love alone reconcile their starkly different worlds, lighting the way to a bright future together?
The Italian Chronicles: The Complete Trilogy
Price: $18.97 USD. Words: 197,860. Language: American English. Published: February 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
Now, all three novels of THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES Trilogy in one book! Follow the page-turning saga of Maria Landro as she faces losing her fortune, her family, and her faith.
Blind Date
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,350. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Cori Ellis has planned out her life just the way she wants it. But when Craig Torres suddenly appears on the scene, she soon learns that God has the ultimate say.
Fire-Engine Love: A Short Story
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,610. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Tammie Burke is expecting her second child. But when her husband is suddenly taken from her, Tammie faces the fear of having to raise their two children alone. Will her faith in God help her to put her life back together?
Do Angels Ride Ponies?
Price: $14.99 USD. Words: 5,850. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Early Readers, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Early Readers
A handicapped boy discovers the power of faith to achieve the impossible.
Return to Bella Terra - Book 3 of The Italian Chronicles Trilogy
Series: THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 61,830. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » General
A mother, her son, and the man who threatens to come between them . . .
A Sicilian Farewell - Book 2 of The Italian Chronicles Trilogy
Series: THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 64,810. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A young man, a new land, and a dream that threatens to destroy him, his marriage, and his mission . . .
The Madonna of Pisano - Book 1 of The Italian Chronicles Trilogy
Series: THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 75,700. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Historical » General
A young woman, a priest, and a secret that keeps them bitterly bound to each other . . .
God Speaks to Me: Meditations from God's Heart to Yours
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,220. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Prayer
Are you aware that God speaks to you? In fact, He is continually speaking to you--and to all of us. The problem is that we are usually not paying attention. In this inspiring book, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio has recorded some of the words God spoke to her over a 10-year period of personal journaling. These words are for you, too!
The Daystar Devotional
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 49,460. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Devotional, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional
An inspiring devotional book to encourage you and inspire you in your daily walk with Jesus...
Surrender to Love
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,980. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Inspirational
Can a past love keep Dr. Teresa Lopez Gonzalez from moving forward with her life?
Beyond the Grave
Price: Free! Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Evangelism, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
Is there life after death? Read this riveting booklet by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio to find out. It’s free to all who request it.
From the Treadmill to the Balance Beam: Biblical Principles for Achieving Balance in Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,550. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Religion & self-improvement
If you are feeling frazzled, frenetic, and fatigued, this is the book to move you from chaos to balance in your life.
Magnolia Memories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,180. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When Jennie Belle Crawford’s husband dies, she vows never to betray his memory through remarriage, but when Tim LeGrand steps into her life, Jennie Belle wonders if God has other plans.
The ABCs of TopNotch Writing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Professional development, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Are you frustrated with where you are in your writing career? Have you been trying to get published, but to no avail? Do you wonder if there are secrets to writing success? If these questions describe you, you need The ABCs of TopNotch Writing. Learn how to turn your writing career around with the three key elements of writing success: Attitude, Business, and Craft. Get your copy now!
You Were Made For Greatness!
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 46,160. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence & self-esteem
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Here at last! A dynamic book that will help you overcome negative feelings about yourself and put you on the road to success in every area of your life. Using sound Biblical principles, nationally known author and life coach, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, deals with such life-changing topics as overcoming worry and fear, taking charge of your life, learning to accept yourself, and finding your life purpose.

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