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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Maureen K. Hughes  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1949 in Peru, IL

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Illinois Connection

Central Illinois has been home for most of my life. Champaign county has been source of formal education and residence. I have worked in various states but mostly Illinois. Vermilion county city police department and the University of Illinois for 21 years.

Biographical and Professional Information

I am Illinois born and raised. Writing started as a hobby at age 13. I have attended Illinois schools and colleges. All of my books are based on people or events in Illinois. My background formal education has been in criminal justice but my love is history and writing about it.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Countess And The Mob: The Untold Story Of Marajen Stevick Chinigo And Mafia Lord Johnny Rosselli
ISBN: 1450207502

iUniverse. 2010

Maureen Hughes was first introduced to Countess Marajen Chinigo in the 1980s in a hospital room in Champaign, Illinois. Assigned to provide personal security to the Countess, Hughes knew few details about the woman she was protecting. Little did she know that Countess Chinigo was a woman connected to some of the most notorious and famous-or infamous-people of the twentieth century.

Hughes did not see the Countess again until a few years later at a local art museum. Intrigued by the impeccably dressed woman who strolled through the crowd like a queen, Hughes vowed to find out all she could about the mysterious Countess. As Hughes shares the fascinating story she uncovered after conducting three years of research and in-depth conversations with friends of the Countess, she unveils a time period where mobsters, presidents, celebrities, and countesses all mingled among dark, captivating secrets. Hughes reveals details about the famous figures the Countess hobnobbed with like Frank Sinatra, Joan Crawford, and Lucky Luciano, her marriage to Johnny Rosselli, and her eventual entanglements with the Mafia.

The Countess and the Mob paints a compelling portrait of the kaleidoscopic shapes and colors that made up the extraordinary and unforgettable life of Countess Marajen Stevick Chinigo.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

I would be happy to speak at clubs, schools, libraries, where the interest lies. My fees depend on travel distance but usually $50.00.