By mid-2009, Carol had finished work on The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable and wasn't sure what to write next. One day, her publisher phoned to ask if she had any ideas for a new book. Carol mentioned that she'd recently been giving an author talk and had heard some attendees talking about a female bushranger. But they wouldn't tell her the name of the female bushranger, saying that someone else was writing a book.
Carol finished her tale by saying, "So they have their dibs on that story."
Her publisher said, "No one has their dibs on any story and, anyway, they wouldn't write Australian history like you do."
So Carol got off the phone and did some googling. Twenty minutes later, she emailed her publisher to say that she'd found a great story! The rest is history.
Allen & Unwin, 2011