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In the grand tradition of George Sand, a woman who wrote as a man, and J. K. Rowling, a woman who disguised her gender for the first Harry Potter books, The Sun City Cannabis Club is written by two men hiding behind a woman's name.

"I didn't think people would take an action-adventure novel whose main characters are women seriously, with men as the author," says Jock McNeill, one of the writers. "As it turns out, I underestimated the reading public!"

Paul Cilwa, McNeill's co-author, says writing as Armentine Duryea was "a hoot! We made a conscious effort to use phrases a hip, eightysomething woman would write."

"It really helped us to get into the mindset of that generation and gender," McNeill adds. "We had to understand it to write it."

Coming out of the Armentine Duryea "closet" means the first printing of the book, with Armentine listed as sole author, will likely become something of a collectors' item. And McNeill and Cilwa have generously offered to autograph any first editions if requested to do so.

"Imagine owning a copy of George Sand's Indiana signed by Amandine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin, her real name," Cilwa points out.

"I know what I'm giving for Christmas this year!"

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