Mary Osborne, author of the award-winning Nonna’s Book of Mysteries and Alchemy’s Daughter, is a writer, artist, and registered nurse living in Chicago. An honors graduate of Rush University and Knox College, where she was mentored in the Creative Writing Program, Osborne has degrees in chemistry and nursing.
Nonna’s Book of Mysteries was conceived during a springtime trip to Tuscany. Set during the days of Cosimo de’ Medici the Elder’s lordship, the story sprang from the cobbled streets of Florence and into the author’s ear. Carrying her notes from Italy, Osborne attended the International Women’s Writing Guild’s Summer Conference at Skidmore College in New York. Here, her historical novel began to take shape. Nonna’s Book of Mysteries is a 2010 Chicago Sun-Times Summer Reading Guide pick and the grand prize winner of the Paris Book Festival.
In addition to writing books and working as a part-time RN, Osborne hosts alchemy parties for teen girls. At these events, participants are encouraged to reflect on their intentions and bring their dreams into the physical world through the process of making alchemy jars. With pictures, words, and symbols, teens focus on their ambitions and reach for the stars. Learn more about alchemy and Osborne’s books at www.mysticfiction.com.
Reading, writing, biking, painting, tango dancing, spending time with friends.
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