This is the blog of Ada Milenkovic Brown, writer of fiction sometimes Southern and usually otherworldly.
The publisher of Bull Spec Magazine listed Ada Milenkovic Brown's story, "Nadirah Sends Her Love" as one of his best of 2011.
Ada began her career warping the minds of medical students at East Carolina University before devoting her energies to writing. The product of hostile (but just with each other) former Yugoslavians, she grew up in a trilingual household in Chicago, where she learned German slightly before she learned English, so that she suffers from an annoying urge to overcapitalize her Nouns. She is uniquely qualified to write spec fiction: she is part Transylvanian, has a cousin named Igor, and was born in a caul, thereby destined to become a vampire according to Slavic folklore; her father invented the Versatran, the industrial robot cast to play billiards in the movie, Silent Running. Through her published humor she is the inventor of liturgical line dancing and the first scientist to prove unequivocally that monkeys can write Shakespeare. Her short fiction has appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, PodCastle, Crossed Genres, Stupefying Stories, and several anthologies. She currently has more honorable mentions from the Speculative Literature Foundation's Older Writers Grant than anyone else in this universe. A long time Lewis Carroll geek, her name appears in a footnote in the latest editions of Martin Gardner's The Annotated Alice. A former Coordinator of the Greenville Writer's Group, Ada is a graduate of Clarion West (the infamous class of 2005), Taos Toolbox, Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp, and studied fiction writing under John Kessel's tutelage at NC State. She is also an associate member of SFWA, and a member of Codex Writers and Broad Universe.
In her free time she is a part-time adult Sunday School teacher, a tutor-trainer in Adult Literacy and English as a Second Language for Literacy Volunteers of America, and a singer/actress who performs in community choirs and musical theater. Ada and her husband have a son and daughter who teach at universities, and a cat who lectures her companion humans when they don't do her absolute bidding.
Most recent performance of her work: "George Washington Supped Here" as part of the Greenville, NC Ghost Walk Oct 25 & 26 2013 Magnolia Arts Directed by Stephen Hardy
Awarded Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writers Grant 2014 for May I Speak Freely
Honorable Mention (Close 2nd to grant recipient) - Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writer's Grant 2012 for Nadirah Sends Her Love
Bull Spec Publisher, Samuel Montgomery Blinn lists Nadirah Sends Her Love as one of the best spec fiction short stories of 2011.
Honorable Mention - Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writer's Grant 2011 for Booger Mountain Breakdown Honorable Mention - Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writer's Grant 2010 for The Immortal Grenadiers and the Hawaiian Guitar Honorable Mention - Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writer's Grant 2009 for [Current Title] "Many More Strong Ghosts Surround Us" Honorable Mention - Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writer's Grant 2008 for "In Valleys Where Eternities Lie" Honorable Mention - Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writer's Grant 2007 for [Current title] "The Relentless Wailing" Quarterfinalist - Writers of the Future 2006 for [Current Title] "All Discord, Harmony Not Understood"
Here's what people are saying about the writing of Ada Milenkovic Brown:
" . . . fiction so real, it's hard to believe it isn't true." "High quality written literature . . . ." ---Carole Ann Moleti, The Fix Short Fiction Review
"Unique and engaging ...." ---Malon Edwards, Speculative Literature Foundation
http://www.strangehorizons.com/reviews/2007/01/talking_back_ep.shtml "And yet, the letters which most attracted me were those to the unknown people, such as Nancy Jane Moore’s letter to Lula Mae Cravens, her grandmother’s best friend, or Ada Milenkovic Brown’s letter to Sofia, a very troubled woman." ---Maureen Kincaid Speller, Strange Horizons
“Nadirah Sends Her Love” by Ada Milenkovic Brown is the most imaginative of the stories. This alternate universe tale reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. I’d love to see this idea of an alternate Arabia expanded.
---Terry Weyna, Fantasy Literature's Fantasy Book and Audiobook
"Very haunting with very well-written character development. I did not see that ending coming at all." --- Speculation Literature Foundation Juror (about May I Speak Freely)