Check out MaryAnn’s blog, Matters of the Heart, at www.maryanndiorio.com/blog.  You’ll learn about the deepest issues of the human heart and how to deal with them. You’ll even get to post comments and ask questions. 🙂

New Release

PicMonkeyFINAL061815416pmSURRENDER TO LOVE – A novella set on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.

When young widow and life coach Teresa Lopez Gonzalez loses her husband in a tragic accident, she faces losing her home, her sanity, and her faith. But when widower Marcos Sanchez hires her to coach his teenage daughter, Teresa learns that God’s plans are far wiser than her own.

Available in Kindle Format and Print Format.  Purchase your copy now!




Upcoming Releases

Summer 2015 – TOBY TOO SMALL, a children’s picture book. 

When everyone thinks that Toby is too small to be of any help, he proves that
it’s not the size of the boy in the fight that matters; it’s the size of the fight in the boy. 









When a 19th-century young Sicilian woman is raped by her parish priest and becomes pregnant with his child,
she faces losing her family, her fortune, and her faith as she struggles to forgive and make sense of her life.





 Recent News

February 1, 2015 – New Release!


A children’s chapter book for 7-12-year-olds. 

Handicapped since birth, Jeremiah Bentley discovers that all things are possible when one believes.







January 10, 2015

A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING, a novella by MaryAnn Diorio, has been award the Silver Medial for E-Book Fiction in the 2015 Illumination Book Awards Contest.

Illumination Awards










December 12, 2014

Dr. MaryAnn’s latest book for children, Who Is Jesus?, is now available  This beautifully illustrated picture book presents children with a delightfully entertaining and Biblically sound picture of Jesus. The book sells for $19.95 and is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retail venues.


Earlier News 2012

January 1, 2013
MaryAnn just completed an exciting blog tour to promote her recent book, A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING.  She visited 55 blogs, courtesy of her fantastic PR firm, The Litfuse Group.  A special thanks to Amy Lathrop, Caitlin Wilson, and Audra Jennings for their fantastic work.  These ladies are the best!

December 4, 2012
MaryAnn’s novella, A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING, has been released by Harbourlight Books of the Pelican Book Group. To view the book trailer, click here.  To purchase the e-book edition of A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING, click here.  To purchase a print copy, write to MaryAnn at maryann@maryanndiorio.com.

MaryAnn is delighted to announce that she has signed a contract with Children’s Agent Erin Buterbaugh of the MacGregor Literary Agency. Ms. Buterbaugh will handle all of MaryAnn’s written works for children up to the age of seven. 

MaryAnn’s article, “Magazine Story or Picture Book?” appeared in the August 2012 issue of Childrens Book Insider.

MaryAnn’s article, “Draw from Life Experience to Write Non-Fiction Books,” appeared in the April 2012 issue of Children’s Book Insider.

MaryAnn is delighted to announce that she recently signed a contract with agent Terry Burns of the Hartline Literary Agency.  Mr. Burns will represent her in the area of women’s fiction, starting with her recently completed novel, The Madonna of Pisano, the first in the projected trilogy entitled The Italian Chronicles.

MaryAnn’s novella entitled A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING will be released in December 2012 by Harbourlight Books, an imprint of the Pelican Book Group.

Earlier News 2011


MaryAnn’s novel, The Madonna of Pisano, took First Place in the Inspirational Category of the 2011 Colorado RWA Heart of the Rockies Contest for Unpublished Authors. Her novel also took Second Place in the Historical Category of the 2011 RWI Where the Magic Begins Contest and is a finalist in the Inspirational Category of the 2011 Space Coast Launching a Star Contest (STAR).

MaryAnn’s article entitled “Coping with Criticism” appeared in the November16, 2011 issue of Rigth-to-the-Heart-Ezine.

MaryAnn is currently working on revisions for her novella entitled Surrender to Love.

MaryAnn’s short story for children, entitled A Surprise for Robbie, appeared in the May 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 Twain all 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 33 years ago.

Other published works include the following:

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.

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)


—Touched by Angels (Book Fun Magazine, December 4 2014)
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:
–Category Finalist in Inspirational Women’s Fiction in the East Texas Romance Writers of America (RWA) Southern Heat Contest (2009)
–Category Finalist in General Fiction in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest (2006)
–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
–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
–Dedicated Author
–Enslow Publishers
–God Allows U-Turns
–Harbourlight Books
–Harvest House

–Healthy Kids
–Human Events
–Institute of Children’s Literature Online Newsletter
–Junior Companion
–Junior Trails
–L’Esprit Createur
–Michigan Learning
–Moody Magazine
–OakTara Publishers

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

Books Published:
–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)Contributor to:
–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:
–The Christian Authors Show (Interviewed by Danielle Hampson)
–Women by Grace Radio Talk Show (Interviewed by 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 Biograph
–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
–International Association of Coaches (IAC)
–Kingdom Chamber of Commerce
–Romance Writers of America (RWA)
–New Jersey Romance Writers of America (NJRWA)
–The New Jersey Society of Christian Writers (NJSCW), Founder & Director
–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:
June 19-23, 2012

St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference
Grove City College, Grove City, PA
Writing Short Stories for Children
Writing Non-Fiction for Children
Writing 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’ 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