While writing Secrets of Eromanga I volunteered to work on the Elliot dinosaur dig site near Winton in outback Queensland; what better place to do research on Australian fossil digs and find out more about illegal fossil smuggling?
I already had my main character in Ellie – resourceful, courageous and a bit of a loner, but something was missing and I had no clue what it was.
Then on the day we visited the awesome Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede site, Secrets of Eromanga finally found its core – I couldn’t tell Ellie’s adventure without including the story of a young Cretaceous Period ornithopod who once roamed that same piece of country.
If you ever get the chance to head outback … visit the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede near Winton in north-west Queensland. This is where, around 95 million years ago a huge meat-eating dinosaur called a theropod, stalked and chased a herd of smaller dinosaurs.
The evidence of their stampede as they raced away from certain death is left behind in the rock surface of Lark Quarry.