Based in the quaint coastal town of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Mary Anne believes that our life stories are priceless legacies that should be shared with future generations. She laments, "Because our lives are so hectic, who takes the time to talk about family history? Important stories will be lost if not preserved."

After teaching memoir writing workshops for several years, she wrote 7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing: Build a Priceless Legacy One Story at a Time!  in order to benefit a global audience. With tips, hints and a logical progression of simple steps, this publication offers over 140 questions to help generate memories. It is a compact guide that will jump-start any memoir project.

Mary Anne has also written a nonfiction book entitled Write Your Pet's Life Story in 7 Easy Steps!  for guiding pet parents through the process of capturing the stories of those other special family members--our adorable pets.

Following an unexpected trip to Italy and blogging about the experience, From Italy with Love & Limoncello was produced in order to share the amazing experience with other travelers and potential visitors to Italy. "Visiting Italy was a trip of a lifetime for me, and I was delighted to write a book that gives the reader a feeling of being right there beside me every step of the way."

Her other literary passion is writing Christian fiction. With Eyelash as the beginning, Never Say Perfect continuing the saga and Never Say Hopeless revealing the end of the story, Mary Anne's tales of the Strickland family will leave you inspired and entertained. The recurring theme is that no one is exempt from difficult times, but it is our faith that enables us to cope and move forward.

Dead Flowers for Hollywood, an astonishingly true story by Amanda Sue Rose, as told to Mary Anne Benedetto. Names and locations have been changed to protect the privacy of all individuals involved. Amanda Sue experienced four marriages that turned into her worst nightmares. It is a cautionary tale that should encourage anyone to evaluate red flags before becoming emotionally, financially and legally entangled via marriage.

Visit the Books by Mary Anne Benedetto page for links to all publications, the Write About Your Life page for more information on memoir writing and Contact/Links for social media sites and important resource links.

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