In 1845, the world's first "electric telegraph" operators were struggling to gain commercial interest in their revolutionary new form of communication technology. And then Quaker, John Tawell, a one-time Australian convict with an extraordinary life story, was "caught by the wires". The consequences kick-started the Communication Revolution.
Interestingly, the electric telegraph was the world's first commercial use of the revolutionary new form of energy production: electricity. It wasn't the lightbulb, as most people think.
Additionally, John Tawell's "getaway vehicle" was the revolutionary new form of transportation: the railways.
Thus, John Tawell unwittingly pulled off the most extraordinary hat-trick. He brought these fledgling energy, communication and transportation industries together in one murderous swoop.
Carol's mainstream writing career began when she stumbled across a political sex scandal while writing a family history.
After the family history itself was published, a descendant told her the full story of the Quaker convict she had mentioned in passing.
She decided to tackle John Tawell's story as her third book. Unfortunately, she pitched her manuscript at the start of the Global Financial Crisis (or Global Recession) when the publishing industry was struggling. Both Australian and British publishers turned it down.
Carol was devastated. But now she is delighted.
Her restructured story was later picked up by a British publisher and published as The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable. The end result is praised as being "totally irresistible" (The Independent, UK). And also: