Goodreads asked Linda Lafferty:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Linda Lafferty I learned about Virginia Tacci, the girl who rode the Palio race (bareback) in 1581, while I was living for a month in Siena, Italy. I believe I may have read about it in a guide book although I can't quite remember. I knew I had a novel as soon as I read about her.

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