Ada Milenkovic Brown writes folklore-based fantasy, but occasionally breaks out into science fiction. A graduate of Clarion West and Taos Toolbox, her stories have appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, PodCastle, Crossed Genres, as well as in several anthologies. Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, the publisher of Bull Spec Magazine, listed her alternate history piece,”Nadirah Sends Her Love”, as one of the best stories of 2011, and one of her science fiction stories won her a grant from the Speculative Literature Foundation.
Raised in Mad Men era Chicago by Yugoslavian refugees, Ada Milenkovic Brown has early memories of playing Little Red Riding Hood with her mother acting the other parts. Ada doesn’t remember getting eaten by a wolf, but her mom was part Transylvanian, so anything’s possible. Her father designed the Versatran robot, which besides helping build a lot of cars, was cast as the billiard-playing robot in the movie Silent Running. Her dad sparked her love for science, which led to Ada training as a microbiologist and teaching medical students. Her other interests are singing and acting – she is a lyric soprano who has appeared as soloist and cast member in community choirs and theater groups. Lately she has utilized her microbiology training as a homebrewer of ancient style wines. Her disparate interests have led her to write stories that combine science and folklore, or explore culture clash.
Here is the interview The Spec Fiction Hub did of Ada when she won the Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writers Grant in 2014.