Rennie has practiced as a criminal defence lawyer for over 24 years. She prefers philosophical arguments on appeal rather than jury trials. She’s had stories and articles published in the NZ Listener, School Journal and broadcast on Radio NZ National.
Rennie’s other interests include science – she recently completed a degree in biology and philosophy and was known for skipping out of the courtroom in downtown Wellington to attend labs and lectures in Kelburn. She’s also a passionate advocate for wildlife conservation.
The author first met Rex Haig at the Court of Appeal hearing in Wellington in August 2006, having followed his case from the start. She was introduced to him by her colleague, Keith Jefferies, who was Rex’s appeal lawyer.
Rennie was honoured to be entrusted with Rex’s hefty manuscript, which he wrote in prison, to condense and craft, while keeping his words and his, at times, desperate viewpoint. The two worked largely separately on this book, he writing from his cell, where he also kept several diaries, over the whole ten years he was detained, and she from about September 2006 to the end of 2007, while maintaining telephone contact.