MaryAnn Diorio


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, MIRACLE IN MILAN, is about a young, female auditor who discovers convincing evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler.

Her latest children's book, PENELOPE PUMPERNICKEL: DYNAMIC DETECTIVE, is a humorous chapter book for six-to-ten-year children. It is Book Two in the PENELOPE PUMPERNICKEL SERIES of Chapter Books for Middle-Grade Readers.

MaryAnn's historical novel, IN BLACK AND WHITE, is a powerful love story between a white woman and a black man. It won first place in Historical Fiction in the 2020 Christian Indie Awards Contest. 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 picture books for children: 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.

In addition to writing fiction, MaryAnn writes poetry. In POEMS FOR ALL SEASONS, a compilation of MaryAnn's poetry, she introduces a new poetic form she created called the "Diorion," named after her husband's family surname. This new form alone is worth the purchase price of the book.

MaryAnn has been married for 52 years to her awesome husband Dominic, a retired ER physician. They have two amazing adult daughters, a very smart son-in-law, and six rambunctious grandchildren. When not writing, MaryAnn loves to read, paint, and play the piano, mandolin, and guitar. She also loves to make up silly songs with 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.
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