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September 24, 2008 > A cup of coffee with author Margaret Grace

A cup of coffee with author Margaret Grace

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of Margaret Grace

Margaret Grace aka Camille Minichino is an ideal role model of Science meets Literature. "My main interests as a young person were in math and science, probably because my best teachers were in those fields. I did always like to write, but didn't get serious about it until I was older, after my career in science," said Grace. With a doctorate in physics, the incredible writer has published her new series, The Miniature Mysteries, based on her lifelong miniatures hobby. She has had a long career in research, teaching, and writing.

Grace is currently on the faculty of Golden Gate University, San Francisco and on the staff of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her alter ego Camille is on the Board of the California Writers Club and NorCal Sisters in Crime. It would require a separate book to exhaustively cover the activities of this busy writer. When asked about how she manages her hectic schedule Grace said, "I'm easily bored. I need to have a lot of things to do so that I can go from one to the other and keep my enthusiasm up."

Camille Minichino has published eight novels in the periodic table mystery series. "The other eight novels are also mysteries, with a periodic table theme: The Hydrogen Murder, The Helium Murder, ... and so on. I planned to do all 111 elements, but I've paused now to write the miniature series," she added. "I always love to talk to readers, to see what works for them and why. I'm not the kind of person who writes for herself, but rather to tell a story others might like to hear."

In the Periodic Table Mysteries series, Dr. Gloria Lamerino, retired physicist back from California, moves into an apartment above a funeral home in Revere, Massachusetts. When she signs on to help the Police Department in science-related homicides, she doesn't realize she may have 109 cases ahead of her. The spooky stories are titled by the names of the elements of the periodic table: the Hydrogen murder, the Lithium murder, the Nitrogen murder and the Oxygen murder. She has also penned fiction and non-fiction stories like Plenty of Fish in The Creek, Newfront Publications in 1997 and Memoir : "The Boston Braves", Elysian Fields Quarterly in 1993. The fall conversation starts with Coffee With the Author, Margaret Grace at the Union City Library. The author will be in the city to share tea and literary insights about her second book in her new series, the Miniature Mysteries-the Mayhem in Miniature. A book signing will follow the talk. To read more about the author, visit www.killerhobbies.blogspot.com where Camille posts blogs on Tuesdays or her website www.minichino.com, www.dollhousemysteries.com

Coffee & Tea with Margaret Grace
Sunday, September 28
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Union City Library
34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City
(510) 745-1464
lkhalili@aclibrary.org

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