About me

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cover don't let me go awayMy name is Maria Amata Di Lorenzo. I have written novels and stories for theatre and cinema. I have also published essays and poems. I am particularly interested in spirituality and topics such as personal growth, mind-body healing and creative thinking, which are things I have experienced in my everyday life.

I like spending my spare time immersing myself in nature, far away from the hectic and competitive city life.

I love the seaside, its wide spaces, and its silence. It makes me feel spiritually reborn, and that is why I can say I found my natural habitat when I moved to Venice in October 2014.

I published many books and wrote many stories, but what I like the most is to help other people feel happier by discovering and fostering their spiritual and creative potential.

I created my blog for this reason too. The World of Maria Amata is my digital home. It is a place where I can tell about myself and meet other people, get involved and share emotions, fears, and dreams. This is a personal writing workshop and a place of self-knowledge, which appears comfortable and full of light to me, like a well-lit and warm corner of the house…

I have opened my home-blog in order to create bridges of friendship. I believe in dialogue and sharing. I believe in the culture of encounter, according to the idea that “all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return” (Jorge M. Bergoglio).

What else?

I love music, chess and good food. I enjoy testing new recipes and, when I prepare them, I always come up with lots of writing ideas; that is why I always have a notebook while bustling about the kitchen.

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I have written for many years and nurtured my literary vocation as an inner quest, an ethical and spiritual dimension, related to the deepest needs of my soul, and not to the commercial interests of the publishing world. Writing is the highest level of freedom, pure happiness. It is my natural environment, in which I feel in perfect agreement with the world and myself. Life is a journey towards ourselves; writing is the way back for me.

I live in Venice for a twist of fate and I carry my city, Rome, in my heart. When I introduce myself, I often say that I am a worker specialized in maintaining dreamy heads… you will discover it little by little in my blog 🙂






cover don't let me go away




published in English and Italian


ebook – paperback


A love story between a woman and a man, between a mother and her children, between a Sicilian and her sublime and sacrosanct homeland. While everything comes to pass and every certainty crumbles, only love remains.

The novel ‘Don’t let me go away’ is a wonderful and powerful story of a mother. And of a daughter who runs away without knowing that her destiny is to love her mother and the story her mother wants to tell her. Becoming reconciled with the idea that each of us does not really enter into the meaning of existence if he (or she) does not accept other people, unless he loves his mistakes. Maria Amata Di Lorenzo gives us the voice of an intense woman, which is composed, poetic. A melody that unfolds majestically, revealing little by little the complexity of human relationships, our expectations, the love that cannot be fulfilled until after an entire story to tell. With a language that is correspondence, chronicle of the sixties, and rhythmical review of changing life, it marks the heart of the reader, remains there and takes root… – Simona Lo Iacono from the blog Letteratitudine

This book, which touches the heartstrings of your soul, speaks of a painful journey back into the memories of a lifetime, to tell, without shame or prejudice, to an angry and estranged daughter, from an open heart, of those emotions petrified in the evolution of a life, often more spectator than protagonist, of broken dreams and dashed expectations, now hardened and disenchanted. All with a careful eye, lightness of touch and an incredibly realistic fifty years of history to frame it. This book is pure poetry. You have to read it. It’s amazing!!! – Donald, verified Amazon customer








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‘Is life to be lived or to be written?’ asked Luigi Pirandello, then to reply, ‘I have never lived, if not by writing…’.

I have asked myself the same, many times, in these years, and I have never known, I cannot answer other than say that I was born with an endowment that is at certain times as inviting as the clearest star in the sky, at others oppressive as the blackest night.

But it is the imprint of a fate, my own, for which I write as a child repeating a song of an evening, in a hushed voice and with clenched fists, to ward off the approach of darkness.

So I take in my hands my pen or mouse and I write what I would not be able to tell to anyone.

Maria Amata Di Lorenzo

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myWriter, teacher and therapist specialised in Counseling Psychology, Maria Amata Di Lorenzo writes articles on spirituality, wellness and personal growth; she delivers lectures, seminars and courses inspired by the principles of positive psychology, therapeutic creativity and mind-body healing. She has published fiction books, collections of poetry and literary essays, which have been translated into several languages.

After studies in classics, Maria Amata graduated with honours in Modern Literature from the University of Urbino, with a psychoanalytic thesis focused on Giacomo Leopardi. She then attended the School of Journalism of the same university before working as a journalist for the newspaper ‘Il Tempo’ and later for the Italian national television broadcaster ‘RAI’ and other national newspapers.

In 2005, she founded the online cultural magazine ‘In Purissimo Azzurro’, or ‘In Purest Blue’, which she directed for ten years. In 2009, she conceived and edited, until 2015, the lit-blog ‘Flannery’, dedicated to women writers.

An expert in copywriting, creative writing and internet marketing, she worked as an editorial consultant (in the assessment of manuscripts and professional editing) and has held various writing courses online. After the ‘big four-oh’, she decided to go back to school and satisfy her passion for psychology and natural medicine, a dual passion that she currently shares with the practice of writing.

Over the years, she has published over a dozen books spanning narrative genres, poetry and essays, many of which have been translated into various languages (to date, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Czech and Slovenian).

Her works include the novel Don’t let me go away, extremely well-received by readers, Codename Teresina – The novel of Thérèse of Lisieux, the literary essay The Light and the Cry. An introduction to the poetry of Elio Fiore, dedicated to one of the most expressive Italian poets of the late twentieth century, and the collections of verses Time that today sleeps within your heart and Journeying without leaving home (Poetry 1980-2015). Her books are available on Amazon in physical or ebook format.

In recent days has been published – in Italian, Spanish and English – her latest work: Teresa of Calcutta – The Novel of a Soul.

She lives in Venice, Italy.


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