We writers have a tremendous responsibility to write the truth. Look at what has happened to our country because the media, as a group, has refused to write and speak the truth. This failure to write and speak the truth has brought our great country to the brink of tyranny.
Winston Churchill is famous for many things, but one of his most well-known claims to fame is the speech he gave at his alma mater, Harrow Academy, on October 29, 1941. In this pivotal speech, Churchill spoke these words: “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
The 21st century with all of its technological discoveries has engendered a new disorder called Overwhelm. Grammatically speaking, “overwhelm” is a verb, not a noun. But the case is strong for making it a noun as well.
In I Corinthians 3:9, Scripture tells us that we are co-laborers with Christ. As such, we cooperate with Him in accomplishing His work in the earth.
Those of us who are writers cooperate with Christ by writing what He wants us to write when He wants us to write it and how He wants us to write it. In other words, we submit our artistic will to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Sometimes in our writing career, we get blindsided by an unexpected event that temporarily throws us off course. It could be a family situation, a medical diagnosis, or a job loss. Whatever the situation, we suddenly find ourselves facing a circumstance that diverts our full attention from our writing. What can we do?
Writing can be difficult enough, but writing through a crisis can be almost impossible. But for the grace of God, we would never make it.
One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.” You may remember its closing lines:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
If you want to avoid failing at writing, then this could be the most important blog post you will ever read. You see, I’ve failed at writing, so I’m highly qualified to tell you what caused me to fail. I’m also highly qualified to tell you how I turned my failure into success.
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author who writes riveting and compelling fiction that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart. Her latest novel, IN BLACK AND WHITE, a love story about racism, will be released in late Fall 2019.
MaryAnn’s other novels include the three books in THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES trilogy: THE MADONNA OF PISANO, A SICILIAN FAREWELL, and RETURN TO BELLA TERRA. THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES trilogy is a page-turning, family saga revolving around the life of Maria Landro, a woman torn between two worlds, and who must choose between them.
MaryAnn has also written two novellas: SURRENDER TO LOVE and A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING. A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING won the Silver Medal for eBook Fiction in the 2015 Illumination Book Awards Contest.
Her books for children include five picture books: WHO IS JESUS?, TOBY TOO SMALL, CANDLE LOVE, THE DANDELION PATCH, and POEMS FOR WEE ONES and one chapter book: DO ANGELS RIDE PONIES? THE DANDELION PATCH won the 2017 Pinnacle Achievement Book Award for Best Juvenile Fiction Book of 2017.
MaryAnn has appeared on several radio, television, and Internet talk shows, including the popular Christian Authors Show with Danielle Hampson, the nation-wide LeSea Alive program hosted by 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). 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.
A graduate of the University of Kansas where she earned the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in French and Comparative Literature, MaryAnn also holds the Master of Italian Language and Literature from Middlebury College, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, and the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Christian Counseling from Christian Leadership University. She has taught Romance languages and Fiction Writing at major universities.
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. She is a graduate of the three-year program of Rhema Correspondence Bible School, a diplomate of The Institute of Children’s Literature, a graduate of CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers Services), a graduate of the Association of American Christian Counselors’ Light University’s Caring for God’s People program, and a graduate of The Life Coach Institute.
MaryAnn is also a Certified Life Coach, a Certified Behavioral Consultant, and a Certified Biblical Counselor as well as a gifted Bible teacher and speaker whose heart’s desire is to help people become all that God created them to be.
MaryAnn is married to Dom, her wonderful husband of nearly 50 years and a retired Emergency Room physician. They reside in New Jersey and are blessed with two amazing grown daughters, an awesome son-in-law, and six rambunctious grandchildren. In her spare time, MaryAnn loves to read, paint, and make up silly songs for her grandchildren.
For all that God has done and continues to do in her life, MaryAnn gives Him all the praise and all the glory!
THE MADONNA OF PISANO, the first novel in The Italian Chronicles trilogy, won several awards:
- First Place for Inspirational Novel in the Spacecoast Launching a Star Contest (2011)
- First Place for Inspirational Novel in the Colorado RWA Heart of the Rockies Contest (2011)
- Second Place for Historical Novel in the Romance Writers’ Ink Where the Magic Begins Contest (2011)
- Second Place for Inspirational Novel in the East Texas RWA Southern Heat Contest (2009)
- Third Place for Women’s Fiction in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest (2006) (under the original title of The Sicilian Conspiracy).
For "The Dandelion Patch" For "A Christmas Homecoming"
Dr. MaryAnn is a member in good standing of the following organizations:
- Christian Authors Network (CAN)
- American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
- Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
- Christian Independent Publishers Association (CIPA)
- The Christian Coaches Network International (CCNI)
- The Society of Christian Scholars (SCS)