|Waikato writer and historian Deborah Challinor's first book, Grey Ghosts (1998), was based on her Ph.D thesis on New Zealand Vietnam veterans. Who'll Stop the Rain? followed in 2000, plus a short regional history, Pictures from the Past: Waikato. Tamar, Deborah's first novel, was also published in 2000, followed by the sequel White Feathers (2003) and Blue Smoke (2004), all bestsellers. Her latest novel Union Belle, based on the Waikato miners' strike in 1951, was at number one for several months this year. Deborah has also lectured at Waikato University (NZ Wars), and written for the Waikato Times as a columnist and a feature writer. She has just completed a novel set in Paihia in 1840, is now working on a fictionalised account of the 1947 Ballantyne's fire, and preparing to write a history of Huntly.