Friday, April 15, 2016

#AtoZ - M is for Mini #Mysteries, Camille Minichino

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Today is M for Mini Mysteries






Today I welcome author Camille Minichino, who also writes the fun miniatures mystery series under the name Margaret Grace. 


 Wow, it's hard to believe she's written eight  books in the series, the latest being Manhattan in Miniature

   
Number nine - Matrimony in Miniature - will be published in September. - you can pre-order it now.  (Can't wait to read it!!)

* See all the books at her website or her Amazon page. ** See contest at the end of this post! **
M is for Mini
By Camille Minichino

What's in a name? Could mine have predisposed me to a life-long miniatures hobby and a string of mystery novels about a miniaturist? It makes as much sense as anything.

I don't remember how long it took me to learn to spell my name—in my day, kids entered first grade with virtually a clean slate. We were lucky to be able to count to 10 (on our fingers) and know the way to the corner store. There were no public kindergartens, let alone pre-schools, pre-pre-schools, and so on. Our mothers didn't read to us, explain the world to us constantly, or teach us anything but to be seen and not heard. At least, that's how it was in my neighborhood.

So it might have taken a couple of grades for me to master CAMILLE MINICHINO, the 16 letters that make up my name.




Meanwhile, I played with the one "toy" I had, which was a dollhouse my father built for me. Along with my favorite cousin, I turned everything into minis. We cut up old greeting cards and "framed" a bird or a flower or a bicycle to decorate the walls of my mini house. We sliced pieces of straw from a broom and made spaghetti. We covered sponges with scraps of fabric and made beds and easy chairs.

We had a whole life in miniature.

I kept that hobby through my adult years. At one time or other, nearly everyone I know has received a miniature "something." A small sewing scene for my quilt-making friend, a tiny cluttered dorm room for one stepdaughter, a miniature stable for another. In my home I have a post office, a 6-level museum, and a funeral parlor, all in miniature. Photos on request!




To give my hobby even wider distribution, I created Geraldine Porter and her granddaughter, Maddie (there's that M again) and set them free to make minis and solve murders in a slew of mysteries—nine novels and one short story so far. That meant I had to come up enough M's for the titles: Murder, Mayhem, Malice, Mourning, Monster, Mix-up, Madness, Majesty, and Manhattan are out in paper and e-book formats. Matrimony in Miniature will be released in September 2016.

Anyone have an M for the next one? 


BIO:  Camille Minichino is a retired physicist turned writer. When her first book, Nuclear Waste Management Abstracts, was not a bestseller, she turned to mystery fiction. She writes four series under four names, publishing more than 20 novels and many articles and short stories. 

** Comment about your favorite miniatures or something you liked in one of Camille's books for a chance to win your choice of one of the mini mysteries in ebook or print. Be sure to leave an email to contact you.





7 comments:

  1. Christine is the only chance I have of appearing on a Zombie site. No wonder I love her!

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    1. haaa! I think maybe you should have zombies in your next minis mystery for Halloween... it could work, you know... ;)

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  2. I remember having a miniature China tea set. Also had a dollhouse with the miniature furniture and people. I enjoy going to the Field Museum in Chicago to see Colleen Moore's famous dollhouse. Would love to read the books about miniatures
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I remember having a miniature China tea set. Also had a dollhouse with the miniature furniture and people. I enjoy going to the Field Museum in Chicago to see Colleen Moore's famous dollhouse. Would love to read the books about miniatures
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I remember having a miniature China tea set. Also had a dollhouse with the miniature furniture and people. I enjoy going to the Field Museum in Chicago to see Colleen Moore's famous dollhouse. Would love to read the books about miniatures
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Although I have many wonderful miniatures, my favourite is one made by my first granddaughter when she was only 3 (she's now 24). She found a rock, and glued one eye on it, then cut her hair and glued that on. Her mother was furious that she had snipped her hair. She cried out, 'but it's a miniature for Granny and she's always got her eye out for me'. This was made from the heart, so it's my favourite.
    What I love in Camille's Margaret Grace series is the love that shines through between Geraldine and her granddaughter, Maddie. I think if Maddie had made a special rock for Geraldine, Geraldine would have understood and treasured it also.

    Jonesy

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  6. I had the 50's metal miniature house and loved it. I do remember playing with it for hours. Love the miniature series.

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    Nancy

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