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Whatever I am doing right now you can be pretty sure I'd Rather Be Writing. My adventurous life enriches my writing and my writing enriches my life.

When I was a little girl I began creating stories before I learned to read. My grandfather would type them up for me, send them out and we collected rejection slips which I valued as others value Blue Ribbons because they reminded me I had finished a story and mailed it out. I read every copy we had of The Book of Knowledge. My favorite novels were "Little Women" and "Alice in Wonderland." But I read every book in my Grandfather's library whether or not I could understand them. I fell in love with Shakespeare and read all his plays. My class mates teased me and called me "Shakey," in honor of my favorite playwright. I loved movies, especially those with Margaret O'Brien, June Allyson and all the musicals. Every time my sisters and brothers and I would watch a movie, I would direct them in performing it over and over. When I was in the 6th grade I wrote a play, Song of Slop Hallow, based on our town and my classmates performed it. My Grandmother Brown asked me to write her lifestory and she dictated it to me when I was in high school. At Ohio University I majored in Creative Writing and was editor of Sphere, the literary magazine. I won a prize from the French government for an autobiographical novel written in French, Une Annee a Paris. For several years I wrote articles for national and international magazines such as Catholic Digest, Christian Science Monitor, Reader's Digest, Look and Mother Earth News. Then I decided what I really wanted to do was write books and I have been writing books ever since.

Birth Place: Waverly, OH USA

Accomplishments: Valedictorian at Waverly High, Phi Beta Kappa at Ohio University, BA in Creative Writing & Romance Languages, Fribourg scholarship to study at the Sorbonne, Superieur degree. San Diego Award Committee certificate of excellence for my book Mother Teresa, Called to Love and for Alexandria(Co-author Patricia Walden), Tied for first place in Unpublished Memoirs with Autobiography of a Marriage (co-author Lennox Raphael) Published ubder the title "Garden Of Hope, Autobiography Of A Marrage".


Dorothy Day, A Passion for peace by Maryanne Raphael
A Passion for Peace tells the story of Dorothy Day, one of the most influential women in the Catholic Church in the United States....

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Along Came A Spider: A Personal Look At Madness by Maryanne Raphael
Along Came A Spider, A Personal Look at Madness is the true story of a woman's descent into insanity and her successful struggle to reach sanity. Based on intimate diaries this SPIDER gives a rare glimpse of the hell that is insanity and offers strong hope for recovery. A must for any one who has ever suffered from mental illness or loved someone who did....

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The Man Who Loved Funerals by Maryanne Raphael
The plot builds relentlessly and so well that by the end one does not know whether to laugh or cry...

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Garden of Hope; Autobiography of a Marriage by Maryanne Raphael
Garden of hope is a frank, endeering memoir of two star-struck lovers who travel the world and Jim Crow America as a black-white couple in the 1960's....

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What Mother Teresa Taught Me by Maryanne Raphael
After spending precious time with Mother Teresa I wanted to share her warm spirit, wisdom and unconditional love with this book....

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Anais Nin, The Voyage Within Edited by Dr. Eve Jones with a Preface by Dr. Rochelle Lynn Holt by Maryanne Raphael
This is a compelling biographical study, describing the life of the internationally known writer, Anais Nin....

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Dancing On Water by Maryanne Raphael
Dancing On Water is the story of a dying woman who examines her life and as she learns to appreciate life she comes to accept her death....

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Saints of Molokai by Maryanne Raphael
Saints of Molokai is a nonfiction narrative, telling the story of people with Hansen's disease who were arrested and forced into a lifetime of isolation...


Alexandria, award-winning romance novel by Maryanne Raphael
A romance novel that opens at a Writers Conference at the World Trade Center in 1985. A would be writer meets her favorite author and learns that she has been betrayed. She finds herself in the hospital with her doctor and a handsome stranger fighting for her love. She writes her own best seller and finds true love....

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Runaways, America's Lost Youth By Maryanne Raphael & Jenifer Wolf by Maryanne Raphael
Runaways is a nonfiction study of a million teenagers who ran away from home. By focusing on the problems of 9 runaways it reveals the situation in an all too real way....


The Key to Success Your Psychic Powers by Maryanne Raphael
How to develop your sixth sense by using your five senses to the maximum of your capabilities, living in the Present and making friends with your Past and Future. ...

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Mother Teresa, Called to Love by Maryanne Raphael
Mother Teresa, Called to Love is an easy to read biography of a modern day saint who proved that one person with enough love, compassion, courage and persistence can change the world. Because she fell in love with God with an intensity rare in the greatest of saints and because she saw Him in everyone she met she showed us unconditional love....

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Recovering Your Lost Self From Adversity, An Anthology Edited by Art Martin and Tony Stubbs by Maryanne Raphael
This Book is an insperational Anthology which includes my essay, Along Came A Spider, the story of my nervous breakdown and recovery....


From Eulogy To Joy, An Anthology, compiled by Cynthia Kuhn Beischel with Kristina Chase Strom by Maryanne Raphael
FROM EULOGY TO JOY is an anthology with personal stories of people who have lost a child, a spouse, sibling or close friend. Each person shares their pain and the light they discovered at the end of the tunnel. My essay Goodbye to Lisa tells the story of how my friends and I prepared young Lisa for her burial....


Short Stories

The Book that Got me Writing
 by Maryanne Raphael
Tropic of Cancer got me writing passionately....

County Fair
 by Maryanne Raphael
Our Family of 10 children goes to the County Fair!...

 by Maryanne Raphael
A little girl longs to fly, travels the world in search of a teacher, learns many things, and finally flys away....

For Sharon Spencer
 by Maryanne Raphael
Sharon was in my life a short time but she was an inspiration and her death left an emptiness in me. When I met Sharon for the first time, I felt I had known her all my life. When she...

Who is Anais Nin
 by Maryanne Raphael
This essay was published in ANAIS, A BOOK OF MIRRORS edited by Paul Herron, SkyBlue Press. ...


 by Maryanne Raphael
There once was a place called Camelot...

The American Armada
 by Maryanne Raphael
Thoughts on America Today...

How To Survive The End of The World
 by Maryanne Raphael
Thoghts about after forever...

The Tourist
 by Maryanne Raphael
Written at the Poets of Ohio's Little Smokies Workshop...

 by Maryanne Raphael
This poem was written in Germany, during Fasching or Carnival when several people died in the midst of the celebration...

 by Maryanne Raphael
driving through Arkansas, my friend told me of her family who are buried there and I wrote this poem....

Year Out Year In
 by Maryanne Raphael
Years pass...


Prize Winning Review
 by Maryanne Raphael
First place winner in Gather Nora Roberts Group Book Review of Nora Robert's first romance novel....

Three Women in Love with Love
 by Maryanne Raphael
Mother Teresa and Anais Nin both loved St. Therese of Lisieux, who influenced them all their lives. ...

Child of Wonder, Nurturing Creative and Naturally Curious Children by Ging
 by Maryanne Raphael
Helping Children be all they can be...

Self Promotion for Authors
 by Maryanne Raphael
How to Promote your own books with a limited budget...

Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama
 by Maryanne Raphael
When he learns his father has died, Barack Obama sets out on a journey to visit his father's home country, in an attempt to get to understand his father and himself....

Pet Lover's Shower
 by Maryanne Raphael
Miss New York, a beautiful cat, comes to live with a lonely sick man. Their friend has a welcoming celebration....

How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book
 by Maryanne Raphael
This book is all you will need to know to write, print and sell your own book....


Mother Teresa's Fourth Vow
 by Maryanne Raphael
My agent called to say a Publisher wants me to write another book about Mother Teresa. I decided to write about Mother Teresa's 4th Vow....

Dorothy Day, A Passion for Peace
 by Maryanne Raphael
Dorothy Day, A Passion for Peace The manuscript is with my agent Mary Sue Seymour. Waiting for Publisher...

What Mother Teresa Taught Me
 by Maryanne Raphael
What Mother Teresa Taught Me is now published in India...

What Mother Teresa Taught Me now in Arabic
 by Maryanne Raphael
What Mother Teresa Taught Me has been translated into Arabic. It was published in December 2008....

The Saints of Molokai
 by Maryanne Raphael
The Saints of Molokai is creative nonfiction telling the story of the people with Hansen's disease and their helpers who cared for them when they were exiled from society....

Anjali Lucia joins the Raphaels
 by Maryanne Raphael
Maryanne's son Raphael and his wife Ginger had a daughter on Dec 28, 2008. Their son Zeal, age 8, welcomed his sister with joy....

Cardiff-By-The-Sea Library Hosts Mini-Book Fair
 by Maryanne Raphael
"Backward Glances," (Volume 1) Wendy Haskett "The Alpha Wolf COnspiracy," Richard Hicks "Looking for God in All the Wrong Places," Marie D. Jones "Street Smart Secrets to Auto Care You Can...

Additional information

On July 9th I joined other authors at Cardiff Library in Cardiff by the Sea, CA for a Book Talk & Book Signing. I now have a wonderful agent, Mary Sue Seymour who sold my latest book "What Mother Teresa Taught Me" coming out in the fall of 2007. I am now working on a book about the Saints of Molokai. I made a trip to Kalaupapa and interviewed some of the exiles with Hsnsen's disease who are still living there.

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