Maria has written six non-fiction books with The Pilgrim Press, most recently A Child Laughs: Prayers of Justice and Hope, and has contributed essays to several anthologies. She has an award from Women On Writing for flash fiction, and was one of ten international authors involved in Circ, an innovative collaborative thriller published by Pigeon Park Press. From 2011 to 2018, her review blog Books J'Adore attracted over 25,000 followers. She has spoken at women's retreats, written essays on parenting, and is currently working on a book of poetry inspired by the Psalms, as well as the sequel to the murder mystery that brought her and her writing partner, Maren Tirabassi, to Handspun.
Having called Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and California home, she now enjoys living in Colorado with her husband and sons.