The contract for this book was one of the easiest mainstream-publishing contracts I have obtained.
While we were editing Black Widow, my publisher mentioned that independent publisher, Richard Walsh, had a story that might interest me, one about "flyboys" and "flygirls". My eyes lit up!
When I handed over the final manuscript, I asked about the new story and received a four-page article about WWI aviator, Bill Lancaster. It mentioned his flying companion, Jessie ("Chubbie") Miller, a Melbourne housewife.
At the ensuing meeting, I told them "I'd sell my soul for this story!". They liked my enthusiasm. The contract was mine.
Allen & Unwin, 2015
Mrs Jessie (Keith) Miller