Goodreads asked William Klaber:

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

William Klaber some old guy sat me down for breakfast and told me this amazing story about a woman who lived along Basket Creek where I live, and who one day in 1855 cut her hair and changed clothes and went off to live her life as a man and got into all kinds of trouble. He handed me decades of research he had done and said he thought I was the one to write her story. How could I say no? I started to write Lucy's biography, but a year into it, I dumped the whole thing in the waste basket and began writing her memoir instead.

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