Ada Brixill Camber was born in 1944 in Boston, Massachusetts. She has gone several name changes, from Barbara Lloyd, Taura Smythe, to Khalida Sharif. She spent a month in France in 1969 during which she acquired several of the items mentioned in her book. She received a certificate in Library Science at the University of Massachusetts in 1972, and later graduated on the Dean's list with a degree in Psychology from the same school in 1992. Ms Camber has also attended Jamaica Plain High School (1962), Mass. Bay Community Collage (1964), Women's Technical Institute (1988) and Computer Processing Institute (1998).
Ms. Camber was brought up in the Gloucester Memorial Presbyterian Church but she had a strange and unhappy childhood due to the fact that she grew up with what she later discovered was an item involved in a vicious murder circa 800 AD. She had one child, Eric, later Simba Amir Sharif, who died in a drowning accident in 1995. She has served as Secretary in the Parents Steering Committee at Highland Park Free School, her son's elementary school in Roxbury from 1971 to 1974. She was also confirmed in 1997 as a member of Trinity Church in Copley Square. She is now serving as Co-Clerk in the Piano Craft Guild Tenants' Association Board of Directors in the 1853 Chickering Piano Manufactory building where she is currently living in Boston. This is Ms. Camber's first book.