During my time in graduate school, I was fortunate to be surrounded – and mentored – by numerous strong, female scientists. It’s no wonder parts of who they are have snuck onto my pages.
Piyali stepped into A Trace of Copper already strong-willed and determined. A woman who doesn’t put up with any nonsense, a woman who Gets Things Done. All characteristics she shares with my friend. So one night over a glass of wine, I said, “I’ve this idea for a character… will you help?”
Meet Dr. Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay, one of my fellow graduate school
inmates classmates. While we didn’t share a laboratory for more than a few weeks, we did share a number of coffee breaks over 5+ years of research while we waited for a gel to run, a transfer membrane to wash, her granite, graveyard slab to stabilize… It’s a long story. In a nutshell, Raj studied microtubules using Atomic Force Microscopy before fleeing the laboratory to become a science writer of the non-fiction variety.
Without further ado, I present an impromptu interview:
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In which Raj’s husband, Gautam, recounts a story about his hunt for a very specific Bengali word.
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Though USA TODAY bestselling author Anne Renwick holds a Ph.D. in biology and greatly enjoyed tormenting the overburdened undergraduates who were her students, fiction has always been her first love. Today, she writes steampunk romance, placing a new kind of biotech in the hands of mad scientists, proper young ladies and determined villains.
Anne brings an unusual perspective to steampunk. A number of years spent locked inside the bowels of a biological research facility left her permanently altered. In her steampunk world, the Victorian fascination with all things anatomical led to a number of alarming biotechnological advances. Ones that the enemies of Britain would dearly love to possess.
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