Sue Upton was raised in Hawke’s Bay. She has worked as a librarian in Dunedin, Auckland and in Wellington at the Alexander Turnbull Library. For many years she worked as a researcher for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and the Historical Branch of Internal Affairs. After completing an MA in 1994 she decided it was time to give up doing research for other people and embark on a book of her own. Wanted, A Beautiful Barmaid is the result.