Monday, April 6, 2015

Author Spotlight ~ Mary Lawrence

Author Spotlight

Mary Lawrence

Mary Lawrence is the author of the Bianca Goddard Mysteries, a new series set in Tudor London. The series launches with THE ALCHEMIST'S DAUGHTER, which Kensington will publish on April 28, 2015. 

Mary grew up in southern Indiana, The daughter of a surgeon and nurse and the youngest of four children. Encouraged to pursue a career in healthcare, Mary attended Butler University in Indianapolis, majoring in chemistry and zoology, Her senior year, she transferred to a specialized program at Indiana University and graduated with a degree in cytotechnology. 

Her first job was the hospital of Portland, Maine and expect for the brief stint in graduate school at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mary has made Maine her home, 

Mary began writing whole working at hospitals and being a single parent to her son. She taught herself book indexing and supplemented her income freelancing for the University of Maine and Globe Pequot Presses. Her nonfiction had been published in The Boston Book Review and Portland Monthly

In 2007, a life-long love of gardening led Mary and her husband to purchase seven acres of land west of Portland, Together they built a reproduction saltbox and are now growing a variety of unusual fruit and berries for local bed and breakfasts. They have plans to launch a line of artisanal jams featuring their unique crops. 

When not farming or writing, Mary works part-time in cytology outside of Boston, 



In the year 1543 of King Henry VIII’s turbulent reign, the daughter of a notorious alchemist finds herself suspected of cold-blooded murder…
Bianca Goddard employs her knowledge of herbs and medicinal plants to concoct remedies for the disease-riddled poor in London’s squalid Southwark slum. But when her friend Jolyn comes to her complaining of severe stomach pains, Bianca’s prescription seems to kill her on the spot. Recovering from her shock, Bianca suspects Jolyn may have been poisoned beforecoming to her—but the local constable is not so easily convinced.
To clear her name and keep her neck free of the gallows, Bianca must apply her knowledge of the healing arts to deduce exactly how her friend was murdered and by whom—before she herself falls victim to a similar fate…


Amazon-The Alchemists Daughter  ~ Follow link to find out more about book, 



** Information was provided by Mary Lawrence publisher.** 

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