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When I first visited with Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, the setting for her novel The Madonna of Pisano intrigued me. I haven’t read many (any?!) stories set in Italy, but I enjoy learning about new places through the books I read. I know many of you do too, so I am excited to introduce her to you today!
The Madonna of Pisano
A young woman, a priest, and a secret that keeps them bitterly bound to each other…
Welcome, MaryAnn! What inspired you to write this novel?
I am a genealogy buff. While researching my family history, I came across an incident that triggered the seed idea for my latest novel, The Madonna of Pisano. This story is the first in my trilogy titled The Italian Chronicles.
I suspect many historical novels begin with a piece of a story from the past. How fun to imagine all that might have occurred before and after that piece! What do you hope your readers take away from this story?
I hope my readers take away the truth that unforgiveness enslaves while forgiveness sets one free.
The power of forgiveness can be so elusive at times… Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
I chose this setting because it is authentic to my story. Yes, I have been there. I lived in Italy for a year, and I visited Sicily where my story takes place.
I am surely not the only one with a twinge of jealousy over that opportunity. 😉 Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I am working on the second novel in my trilogy. This second novel is titled A Sicilian Farewell.
Ooo, another opportunity to visit Italy! What is your favorite part of the writing/editing/publishing process?
The actual writing of the story.
Do you have a favorite or “life” verse that you could share with us?
John 8:32 – “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
There are so many lies in the world around us. Standing on the truth is so important! Thank you for taking the time to share with us today, MaryAnn!
How about you? Would you like to “travel” to Italy? Leave a comment and let me know whether or not I am alone in this one… 😉
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author who writes compelling fiction that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart. Her riveting stories keep readers on the edge of their seats, entertaining them with universal truths that transform their lives. MaryAnn resides in New Jersey with her husband of 46 years. They are blessed with two grown daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, and five rambunctious grandchildren. When not writing, MaryAnn enjoys painting, playing the mandolin, and making up stories and silly songs with her grandchildren.
You can connect with MaryAnn online:
Blog (Matters of the Heart): http://www.
Amazon Author Central: http://www.amazon.
Also by MaryAnn:
When young widow and life coach, Dr. Teresa Lopez Gonzalez, travels to Puerto Rico to coach the granddaughter of her mother’s best friend, Teresa learns that only by losing her life will she truly find it.
A Christmas Homecoming
When Sonia Pettit’s teenage daughter suddenly disappears, Sonia faces losing her mind, her family, and her faith as she struggles to trust God.
‘The Madonna of Pisano’ Giveaway:
MaryAnn is graciously offering to give away a paperback copy of The Madonna of Pisano. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.