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BIOGRAPHY: Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is the wife of Dominic A. Diorio, MD, a retired Emergency Room physician.  Dom and MaryAnn have been married for nearly 50 years and are the blessed parents of two amazing adult daughters, Lia Diorio Gerken, PhD, and Gina L. Diorio, M.A.; parents-in-law to a fantastic son-in-law, Peter Gerken, M.S.; and grandparents to six wonderful, rambunctious grandchildren. Theirs is a closely knit family who enjoy spending time with one another over a good cup of coffee or a delicious Italian meal, usually cooked by Dom, a master chef.

When not writing, MaryAnn loves to read, to paint, to play the piano and cello, and to make up silly songs with her grandchildren. She intensely loves people and had a life coaching practice for 12 years in order to help her clients find their true purpose in life.  

Dr. MaryAnn, as she is affectionately called, is a widely published, multi-award-winning author who writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for both adults and children. Her work has appeared in over 100 national magazines, newspapers, and journals, including The Saturday Evening Post, Billy Graham’s Decision MagazineThe Press of Atlantic City, and Human Events.  She has also served as head writer for a regional television series entitled Teen Machine

MaryAnn’s writing is based not on opinion, interpretation, or cultural consensus, but on Scriptural truth.  At all times, she remains faithful to Biblical principles. For more information, visit the following pages:

In 1979, Dr. MaryAnn accepted God’s call on her life to become a writer. For several years, her popular syndicated column, Winning with the Word, appeared in newspapers throughout the state of New Jersey. She was also a contributor to the AMY Foundation’s Internet Syndicate via its national column, Real Answers, that was published in newspapers throughout the United States. 

Dr. MaryAnn has authored eleven books: 

She has also been a contributor to eight other books:

MaryAnn has written eight booklets:

MaryAnn has appeared on several radio, television, and Internet talk shows, including Read All about Itwith RadioVision program hostess Stefani Milan, the popular Christian Authors Show with Danielle Hampson, the nation-wide LeSea Alive program with the late Dr. Lester Sumrall, By the Book hosted by Debbie Williams, and Women of Grace hosted by Kelly McCausey. She has also been interviewed on WDAS (Philadelphia), WIBG (South Jersey), and WNNN (South Jersey). Articles about her writing have appeared in The Press of Atlantic CityThe Daily JournalThe Millville NewsThe Bridgeton Evening News, and The Times Herald of her hometown of Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Dr. MaryAnn has served as a distinguished judge for the annual AMY Writing Awards Program, the annual Capitol Writers Writing Contest (Washington, DC area), the annual American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis Contest., and the ACFW First Impressions Contest.  She is listed in International Who’s WhoWho’s Who in the EastInternational Authors and Writers Who’s WhoDictionary of International BiographyThe World Who’s Who of WomenWho’s Who in the World, The International Who’s Who of Professional and Business WomenThe National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and ProfessionalsWho’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. Most important of all, MaryAnn rejoices that she is listed in The Lamb’s Book of Life!

Dr. MaryAnn holds several degrees:

  • The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature from the University of Kansas;
  • The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Christian Counseling from Christian Leadership University;
  • The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature from the University of Kansas;
  • The Master of Arts (MA) degree in Italian Language & Literature from Middlebury College and the University of Florence, Italy;
  • The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Writing Popular Fiction with a concentration in Writing for Children from Seton Hill University;
  • The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in French from Immaculata University;

She has also completed studies and is a diplomate of the following institutions:

  • The  Institute of Children’s Literature: Writing for Children & Teenagers;
  • The Highlights Foundation Workshop, Writing the Middle-Grade Novel:
  • The RHEMA Correspondence Bible School (Three-Year Program of Study);
  • Christian Leaders, Authors, & Speakers Services (CLASS);
  • The Life Coach Institute (Certification in Life Coaching);
  • American Association of Christian Counselors, Light University, Caring for God’s People.

WRITING AWARDS WON

  • The Silver Medal for E-Book Fiction in the Illumination Book Awards Contest sponsored by the Jerry Jenkins Group (2015)
  • First Place in Inspirational Category for Novel, Spacecoast Launching a Star Contest (2011)
  • First Place in Inspirational Category for Novel, Colorado RWA Heart of the Rockies Contest (2011)
  • Second Place in Historical Category for Novel, Romance Writers’ Ink Where the Magic BeginsContest (2011)
  • Second Place in Inspirational Category for Novel, East Texas RWA Southern Heat Contest (2009)
  • Third Place in Women’s Fiction, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest (2006)
  • Second Place for Novel, St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference Contest (1992)
  • Honorable Mention for radio script, TAKE ONE Radio Theatre (1990)
  • Top 100 Short Stories ranking for “The Birthmark”, Writers’ Digest Short Story Contest (1990)
  • Fifth Place, National Writers’ Club Short Story Contest for “The Birthmark” (1990)
  • Third Place for “From Feminism to Freedom,” AMY Writing Awards, (1990)
  • Poetry Award for “The Beauty of Stars,” National High School Poetry Association Contest (1960)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Dr. MaryAnn has taught Italian at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas); French at Pitman High School (Pitman, New Jersey); Italian and French at Cumberland County College (Vineland, New Jersey);  English, French, Spanish, and Creative Writing at the Fairton Christian Center Academy (Fairton, New Jersey); and Writing for Children and Public Speaking at Rowan University  (Glassboro, New Jersey). She also served as Assistant Professor of Italian and Spanish at Camden County College (Blackwood, New Jersey); Adjunct Professor of Biblical Business Principles at New Life Bible College  (Millville, New Jersey); Adjunct Professor of Writing at Nottingham-Trent University (United Kingdom); and Adjunct Online Professor of French at Regent University (Virginia Beach, Virginia). Dr. MaryAnn is currently Online Adjunct Professor of Fiction Writing at Regent University (Virginia Beach, Virginia).

MaryAnn has served on the faculty of several writers’ conferences, including the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, the St. Davids Christian Writers Conference, the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Conference, the Sandy Cove Christian Writers’ Conference, and The New Jersey Society of Christian Writers’ Seminar.  

In 1984, MaryAnn founded Daystar Communications, later known as Daystar Ministries International. She ran this ministry until 2005, at which point it was incorporated into MaryAnn’s other ministries. In 2011, she changed the name to MaryAnn Diorio Ministries.

MaryAnn is also a Certified Life Coach, a Certified Behavioral Consultant, and a Certified Biblical Counselor as well as a gifted Bible teacher whose heart’s desire is to help people become all that God created them to be.

Dr. MaryAnn is a member in good standing of the following organizations:

FORMAL EDUCATION:

Dr. MaryAnn holds several degrees and certifications:

  • The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature from the University of Kansas;
  • The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Christian Counseling from Christian Leadership University;
  • The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature from the University of Kansas;
  • The Master of Arts (MA) degree in Italian Language & Literature from Middlebury College and the University of Florence, Italy;
  • The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Writing Popular Fiction with a concentration in Writing for Children from Seton Hill University;
  • The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in French from Immaculata University;

She has also completed studies and is a diplomate of the following institutions:

  • The  Institute of Children’s Literature: Writing for Children & Teenagers;
  • The Highlights Foundation Workshop, Writing the Middle-Grade Novel:
  • The RHEMA Correspondence Bible School (Three-Year Program of Study);
  • Christian Leaders, Authors, & Speakers Services (CLASS);
  • The Life Coach Institute (Certification in Life Coaching);
  • American Association of Christian Counselors, Light University, Caring for God’s People.

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 EXPERIENCE

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio has taught Italian at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas); French at Pitman High School (Pitman, New Jersey); Italian and French at Cumberland County College (Vineland, New Jersey);  English, French, Spanish, and Creative Writing at the Fairton Christian Center Academy (Fairton, New Jersey); and Writing for Children and Public Speaking at Rowan University  (Glassboro, New Jersey). She also served as Assistant Professor of Italian and Spanish at Camden County College (Blackwood, New Jersey); Adjunct Professor of Biblical Business Principles at New Life Bible College  (Millville, New Jersey); Online Adjunct Professor of Writing at Nottingham-Trent University (United Kingdom); and Online Adjunct Professor of both French and Fiction Writing at Regent University (Virginia Beach, Virginia). 

MaryAnn has served on the faculty of several writers’ conferences, including the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, the St. Davids Christian Writers Conference, the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Conference, the Sandy Cove Christian Writers’ Conference, and The New Jersey Society of Christian Writers’ Seminar.  

In 1984, MaryAnn founded Daystar Communications, later known as Daystar Ministries International. She ran this ministry until 2005, at which point it was incorporated into MaryAnn’s other ministries. In 2011, she changed the name to MaryAnn Diorio Ministries.

MaryAnn is also a Certified Life Coach, a Certified Behavioral Consultant, and a Certified Biblical Counselor. For 12 years, she owned and operated TopNotch Communicatiodns Group, a multifaceted business that included three main divisions: TopNotch Life Coaching, TopNotch Writing Solutions, and TopNotch Translation Services. In 2013 she closed this business to become a full-time writer of fiction.

Dr. MaryAnn is a gifted Bible teacher whose heart’s desire is to help people become all that God created them to be.

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Writing Classes & Workshops MaryAnn Has Taught

June 19-23, 2012
St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference
Grove City College, Grove City, PAWriting Short Stories for ChildrenWriting Non-Fiction for ChildrenWriting with Pizzazz!Life Management for Writers

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

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’ ConferenceWriting 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

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Advanced Writers & Speakers Association
American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
Association of Independent Authors
Christian Authors Network (CAN)
The Christian Coaches Network 
The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
The Society of Christian Scholars
Transformation Fiction Authors

For all that God has done and continues to do in her life, MaryAnn gives Him all the praise and all the glory!
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