Camille Minichino - Nonfiction


Publications - Books

Now available at the Kindle Store

Is there an engineer in your life? A techie who sometimes speaks a language you don't understand? I'm not talking about jargon, like bytes and routers and malware. I'm talking about how they don't seem to understand the plain English the rest of us use, how they give us strange looks in the middle of a conversation, how they ask questions like "Why are you driving in this lane?"

As the number of academic and professional degrees awarded in all fields of engineering continues to grow, it's hard to escape the techies that surround us, both at home and at the office.

We wouldn't want to live without them, those special, lovable, smart, helpful people. We laugh at engineer jokes:
The optimist says the glass is half full; the pessimist says it's half empty. What does the engineer say?
Answer: why is there twice as much glass as there needs to be?

Funny, but not when it's your engineer and he or she appears to be hassling you over the size of glass you chose or the route you're taking to the mall. When it comes to social and personal interactions, the engineer's skills and training often work against him. "How to Live with an Engineer" is a blueprint for understanding the slightly peculiar traits of the species. The goal is to use the peculiarities to our advantage, to improve communication and common decision-making at all levels, from which paper plates are best, to how to save the planet.

The key is to understand how engineers were trained and how their training affects their everyday interactions.

Three characteristics stand out in communications with engineers: they're troubleshooters, they love numbers, and they love to argue. Understand these traits and never again be frustrated in an argument with a techie.

This book is the result of decades of studying and teaching technical subjects, working with scientific and technical professionals, topped off with more than three decades of marriage to one special techie. "How to Live with an Engineer" provides insight and strategies for dealing with the techies we care about.

The payoff is improved communications and a happier, more productive environment at home or with the IT department at work.

What happens when 128 cozy mystery writers get together to do a cookbook? You get more than 220 recipes that are as varied and interesting as an amateur sleuth’s day job.

There’s no mystery about what happens when cozy writers get together. They bring the wit, inventiveness, and adventure found in their books right along with their recipes.

The recipes are introduced by their authors and linked to the writer bios in the back of the book.

Camille's recipes are: miniature no-bake "hamburger" cookies (p. 159) and the special ginger cookies made popular in her Miniature Mysteries (p.120).

Available in the Kindle Store.

First - Person Articles

I Could Write a Sonnet MYSTERY READERS JOURNAL, Summer 2016
RR Did It in the Library MYSTERY READERS JOURNAL, Fall 2005
A Winning Combination DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES Magazine, May/June 2010
I Left My Heart Far From San Francisco MYSTERY READERS JOURNAL, Winter 2008-2009
Celebrating Communitas Fordham University e-newsletter, March, 2008
It's Academic (Revisited) MYSTERY READERS JOURNAL, Winter 2006-2007
RR Did It in the Library MYSTERY READERS JOURNAL, Fall 2005
The Yearbook Updated REUNIONS Magazine, June/July 2004
"A Name of His Own" Ms. Magazine, November, 1996.
"The Boston Braves" Elysian Fields Quarterly, April, 1993.
"Writing Mysteries: Ten Tips That Work"
"Writing Mystery Series: Ten Tips That Work"