We are delighted to have Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, a widely published, award-winning author of compelling fiction dealing with the deepest issues of the human heart visit us today. She also writes picture books for children. She just released Dandelion Patch.
The topic of the book is Eminent Domain and is written for children primarily between the ages of 3 and 8. Parents can read it to their younger children. Older children can read it themselves.
Can you give us a description?
When Yolanda Riggins discovers that the government plans to build a new highway through her beloved dandelion patch, she rises up in protest and asserts her God-given right to private ownership of property. Will she succeed against all odds to save her dandelion patch? Will tact, truth, and tough love win the day for Yolanda and the children who love her? Read this delightful book to find out.
Her latest fiction release is A Sicilian Farewell, Book 2 in The Italian Chronicles Trilogy.
Book 1, The Madonna of Pisano,
was published in 2015.
When is Book 3 due out?
Book 3, Return to Bella Terra, is scheduled for release in December 2017.
Your non-fiction has appeared in over 100 national magazines, newspapers, and journals, including The Saturday Evening Post, Billy Graham’s Decision Magazine, The Press of Atlantic City, and Human Events. She strives to base her writing on Scriptural truth and Biblical principles.
MaryAnn, I understand you love to help people.
Yes, I love to help people discover their God-given purpose in life so I maintain a life coaching practice with a special emphasis on coaching writers.
What do you do when you aren’t writing?
When not writing, I love to spend time with my family. I enjoy reading, painting, playing the piano and cello, and especially making up silly songs with my five rambunctious grandchildren. My husband Dom and I have been married for 47 years. We reside in New Jersey and enjoy spending time together at the beach.
Tell us about your newest book.
A Sicilian Farewell
A young man, a new land, and a dream that threatens to destroy him, his marriage, and his family . . .
It was released in 2016 as Book 2 of The Italian Chronicles Trilogy. In this story, we continue to follow the adventures of Maria Landro Tonetta and her husband Luca as they embark from Sicily to America. The story takes place at the end of the 19th century.
Where did the idea come from?
The idea for this story came from my family history, particularly from the life of my paternal great-great-grandmother. This book is a sequel to Book 1, The Madonna of Pisano, in which I lay the groundwork for the two subsequent books of the trilogy.
How long did it take to write?
The story took approximately 10 months to write.
What is the most fun for you in writing?
Without question, the most fun for me is the creative aspect of writing. When I write, I feel most like the Creator in Whose image I have been made. Also, because I know that God has called me to write for Him, I feel as though I please Him when I write.
I begin every writing project and every writing session by praying for the Holy Spirit to guide me. I proclaim His promise in Proverbs 16: 3 AMP: Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. When I get to a point in my writing where I don’t know which direction to take, I pray again, and the Holy Spirit always comes through for me.
What is not the fun part for you?
Without question the business and marketing part of writing. I would much rather be writing than marketing my books or doing the necessary bookkeeping involved with a writing business.
What is a regular day like for you when you are writing?
I write five days a week—often six—from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm—or until I finish my daily word count goal of 1000 words. I begin my day quite early—usually around 5:00 am—in order to spend time with the Lord. I find this absolutely essential and won’t write or do anything else (except have a cup of coffee J) until I have spent time with God. I begin by worshiping Him. I usually put on peaceful praise and worship music and begin praising God. I receive His wisdom and guidance for the day. After about 30-45 minutes of worshiping God and praying in the spirit, I then read and study the Bible. I like to do this verse by verse, asking the Holy Spirit to teach me what I need to learn from that particular passage. After about an hour of Bible study, I pray for the needs of my family, my friends, and for others. I also pray for myself.
After studying my Bible, I read a portion of a book on growing in Christ. I love to read the classics of Christian literature, such as the works of Jeanne Guyon. At this point, it is usually about 8:00 am. I get dressed, have breakfast, and am then ready to begin writing at 9:00 am.
Where do you write?
Since I work on a MacPro laptop, I write in different places, depending on my mood. My usual place is my writing studio, a spare bedroom on the second floor of our home. I am greatly blessed to have this room and am so thankful for it. My desk faces the window which offers a lovely view. I also write in a spare bedroom in our home that we use as a library. Sometimes I write at the local library, and sometimes I write at a coffee shop, such as Panera’s. Mostly, however, I write at home where it is quiet and comfortable.
What’s next for you?
Whatever God says. I am His servant first and foremost. While I have plans for several new projects, I submit myself to God’s leading. My heart’s desire is to make His plans for me my plans for me.
That said, my plans include completing Book 3 of The Italian Chronicles. The book is almost finished and will be released in December of this year, Lord willing. I also am in the process of compiling two books of my poetry—one for children and one for adults. I am especially excited about the poetry book for children titled Poems for Wee Ones.
In January of 2018, I plan to resume work on another novel I started a few years back titled In Black & White. I feel that the timing is now right for this story that deals with racism and its effect on the human heart.
We enjoyed your visiting us today MaryAnn. You have been such a blessing to us. I know you have been in Southern Writers Magazine a few times and we appreciate your supporting us.
Thank you again for offering me this wonderful opportunity. I deeply appreciate your kindness and generosity.
Be sure and visit MaryAnn Diorio at: http://maryanndiorio.com/