Maria Luisa has been writing since the age of sixteen and is basically a humanist who loves the creative arts and the noetic sciences. Born and raised in Montreal, she is the proud Mother of Aviva and proud wife and life-long partner of Architect, Nick Adornato.

Maria graduated with Honors in English Literature (and History) from McGill University and proceeded to complete her Master of Arts degree, specializing in Canadian Literature (poetry and creativity): the subject of her thesis was: the Poetry of Irving Layton: a Scatological Dimension.

Maria had the distinct privilege of meeting Irving Layton several times and was truly inspired by him. Irving Layton read her dissertation with gusto and claimed it was rare to produce two masterpieces in one year…..the publication of the thesis and the birth of Aviva (which means in Hebrew, breath of fresh air, new life and originality ). Aviva is the symbolic Muse of both Poets !

Maria Luisa is a Professional who holds an Executive MBA degree which she completed in French. She is fluent in English, French, Italian (some Spanish), but is most inspired by the language of the heart.

She is committed to celebrating her cultural heritage and to transforming complex bureaucracies into more creative and people-friendly organizations.

Maria Luisa published HIGH SPIRITS: a Collection of Sacred Prose and Poetry (in 2005) which is truly a celebration of life !

 In 2012 Maria published her first historical novel: McCord’s Quiet Rebellion. (available at,