Camille Minichino has just released her first Sophie Knowles Mystery. Camille has published more than a dozen novels. This is her third mystery series. Read about how she cleverly chose her nom de plume.
Poets or Mathematicians: Who's More Stable?
One of the most enjoyable parts of the research I do for my
three mystery series is weaving in little-known facts from history. I'd like to
share some trivia about the pen name I chose for my third series, the Professor
Sophie Knowles Mysteries: Ada Madison.
MADISON. That's easy. After Madison, Ave., NYC, where I'd
like to live, and the bridge of the same name, which is
1. 1892 feet
2. connects 138th
St. in Manhattan with 138th St. in the Bronx; and
3. carries about 20,000 vehicles in each direction daily.
Perhaps more interesting, ADA is in honor of Ada Byron
(1815-1852), the Countess of Lovelace, considered the world's first computer
programmer. In case anyone asks you for tidbits:
1. Ada was the daughter of Lord Byron, pushed into
mathematics by her mother who was afraid she'd inherited "dangerous poetic
tendencies" from her famously erratic father.
2. Ada never met her father, but was friend to 3 famous men
named Charles: Babbage, for whose "difference engine" she wrote
equations, Darwin, and Dickens.
3. In spite of her mother's efforts to shelter her from
poetic tendencies, Ada is said to have been promiscuous and addicted to drugs
and gambling. She tried unsuccessfully to develop a mathematical system to win
at the races and ended up in debt instead.
4. She lives on in the US Department of Defense, which, in
the 1970s, named its special programming language ADA.
I love my writer's life, where I can wander through trivia
and philosophy in equal amounts, pondering who exactly is more likely to have a
"stable" personality, a poet or a mathematician?
Camille Minichino has published eight novels in the Periodic Table Mysteries series, featuring retired physicist GLORIALAMERINO. The series continues in short stories on Kindle and smashwords.com.
As Margaret Grace, she's published five novels in the Miniature Mysteries series, featuring miniaturist GERALDINEPORTER and her 10-year-old granddaughter, Maddie.
As Ada Madison, she's released a new series, the Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries, featuring college professorSOPHIE KNOWLES.
Camille received her Ph.D. in physics from Fordham University, New York City. She is currently on the faculty of Golden Gate University, San Francisco and on the staff of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Camille is on the board of NorCal Sisters in Crime. She's a member of NorCal Mystery Writers of America and the California Writers Club.