About Me

Born in Vellore-a small town in Tamilnadu India, completed basic education in the Temple town of TIrupathi Andhra Pradesh India. After SSC acquired a Diploma in Food Technology and a P.G. Degree in English Literature. Got  a ‘’Praveen’’ in Hindi. My Hobbies include Reading books, Composing- poems, listening to music and quizzing.


Participated in the competition READING MARATHON conducted BY GOETHE INSTITUTE MAXMULLER BHAVAN, CHENNAI in the year 2011 and won a prize .To read a book in a week’s time from the institute’s Library and submit a book review. One book per week, like wise totally ten books to be completed. The first ten book reviews in the blog were the out- come of the competition. All the books were authored by German Writers.

BAGGED a prize for best reader’s letter to Femina in 2012

Won the first prize in the online quiz on Shakespeare Lives 2016 conducted by BRITISH COUNCIL, CHENNAI.

Many of my poems were short listed in the poetry competitions conducted by www.wordweavers.in. My Review of the book ‘’Stand By Me” was also published in the same site.

completed a Massive Open Online Course on English for Journalism on the Coursera Platform.It is an initiative by The U.S. Embassy in partnership with University of Pennsylvania.

won The Hindu's Metroplus Quiz on MS Subbulakshmi  and got the 4 GB Music card from Saregama India Ltd.

Presented a paper on '' MANIMEGALAI - AN OVER VIEW OF THE EPIC AND THE CHARACTER'' in the International seminar on Multi dimensional view of classical literature.(TAMIL).

My blog post titled ' PICKLES" has been selected  for SPICY SATURDAY PICKS BY BLOGADDA, 29, APRIL, SATURDAY, 2017.

My blog post " ONE QUOTE YOU LIVE BY" an initiative by Blogadda  won the  WOW badge on
7-5-17. This blog post is for the prompt for the write over the weekend of Blogadda.

Two of my poems were recognised in a poetry contest of poetrysoup. One has got a honourable mention in the contest (Smile) &the other is selected as12th in the contest. (Mountains)

Participated in the AIR, CHENNAI's quiz competition (TMM) & reached up to Level 2.

Article "Consider these while buying children's books has been published in site WOMEN'S WEB.

Two of my articles GARNISHES and BLUE AND WHITE OF MARK TWAIN were published in the site Writerly words.


  1. I hope this is an acceptable way to request a review for my novel. If not, I sincerely apologize.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Even though she lives hundreds of miles away, when Langston, who dreams of being a chef, meets Cecile, a Juilliard-trained pianist, he is sure that his history of being a sidekick, instead of a love interest, is finally over. Their connection is real and full of potential for a deeper bond, but the obstacles between them turn out to be greater than distance. Can these busy, complicated people be ready for each other at the same time? Does it even matter? Before they can answer these questions, each must do battle with the ultimate demon—fear.

    Told in a witty combination of standard prose, letters, emails, and diary entries, LETTING GO, in the tradition of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's AMERICANAH, is a long-distance love story that also examines race, religion, and the difficult choices we make following our passions. From the Great White North to the streets of New York City to the beaches of Bermuda, LETTING GO is a journey of longing, betrayal, self-discovery and hope you will never forget.

    If you think you might be interested, I can send a pdf, mobi, or epub file.

    Links to Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes and Noble are below. I have also included samples from the companion CD, which consists of my performances of pieces mentioned in the book, along with readings of passages that refer to them. My novel was published on Createspace, July 4, 2016.

    Here's my bio:

    Maria Thompson Corley is a Canadian pianist (MM, DMA, The Juilliard School) of Jamaican and Bermudian descent, with experience as a college professor, private piano instructor, composer, arranger and voice actor. She has contributed to Broad Street Review since 2008, and also blogs for Huffington Post. Her first novel, Choices, was published by Kensington. A poem about her son, "Malcolm," which she presented at the 2016 National Autism Conference, is featured periodically on the Scriggler All Stars Twitter page. "Drop Your Mask" was awarded second place in New York Literary Magazine's love poetry category and appeared in that publication's AWAKE anthology in December, 2016.

    Here are my websites (the first is more pertinent to writing):




    Chopin Fourth Ballade in F Minor, Op. 54
    Maria Thompson Corley, piano From the CD "Music from the Novel Letting Go" available on iTunes; Dec. 15, 2016 on Amazon and Createspace. "Letting Go: A Novel...

    An excerpt from the Novel "Letting Go"
    Read by the author. Letting Go by Maria Thompson Corley is available on Createspace, Smashwords, and Amazon. Music from Letting Go, featuring readings and piano ...




    1. Dear Maria,

      Good to connect with you. I would be more than happy to review your book. I am more used to hard copies but you can share PDF file. I would like to keep you posted that it would take more than a fortnight to complete the review because of prior commitments.

      Thank you,

  2. Dear Madam,
    I am Rinu Antony. I would like to know if you review e-book also?

    My email address is novels-and-tea@mail.com