Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is an award-winning, widely published author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She writes compelling fiction that deals with the deep issues of the human heart. MaryAnn's works have appeared in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, and journals. She has authored three books for junior high school students as part of the Understanding Literature series for Enslow Publishers. Dr. MaryAnn, as she is affectionately called, has taught at major writers' conferences and currently teaches fiction writing online for Regent University. MaryAnn is happily married to Dominic, an ER physician. They are the blessed parents of two wonderful grown daughters, Lia and Gina, a beloved son-in-law, Peter, and a precious new granddaughter, Annamarie Joy. Two beautiful Sheltie granddogs round out her fun-loving family. In her spare time, MaryAnn enjoys painting in oils, acrylics, and pastels. She also loves to walk, play the piano, crochet, and make up silly songs to sing with her granddaughter.