In 'Cricket' Henry inherits a old manor house in Cheddar, a small village in the south-west of England. I got to indulge my love of old, abandoned buildings and write some evocative scenes of dusty old rooms...
The Village Green Preservation Society by The Kinks
Country House by Blur
Wessex Boy by Frank Turner
Jerusalem – BBC Concert Orchestra (Last Night of the Proms)
I Vow to Thee, My Country – BBC Concert Orchestra (Last Night of the Proms)
Feel the Love by Rudamental
Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap
Dreadlock Holiday by 10cc
Cricket by The Kinks
These photos were taken at Snuff Mills in Bristol, close to where I was living while writing the novel. It's a really beautiful area and inspired many of the settings in the book.
Tattoos & Teacups
I was inspired by a lot of different things when writing 'Tattoos & Teacups'; the beautiful city of Edinburgh, music, tattoos, Kipling, certain attractive men. Here's a little taste of the novel...
To the legion of the lost ones, to the cohort of the damned,
To my brethren in their sorrow overseas,
Sings a gentleman of England cleanly bred, machinely crammed,
And a trooper of the Empress, if you please.
Yea, a trooper of the forces who has run his own six horses,
And faith he went the pace and went it blind,
And the world was more than kin while he held the ready tin,
But to-day the Sergeant's something less than kind.
- from 'Gentlemen Rankers' by Rudyard Kipling
1. Bangarang by Skrillex
2. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers
3. Rebel Rebel by David Bowie
4. Sweet Little Mystery by Wet Wet Wet
5. All My Life by Foo Fighters
6. Mrs. Robinson by The Lemonheads
(Chris's version of a Love Song)
7. Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. Your Winter by Sister Hazel
9. This Guy's in Love With You by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
10. Prettiest Eyes by The Beautiful South
Jurassic Heart was my opportunity to write a "dinosaur novel" - something I've beend desperate to do for years now. Nick, who's the main character in the story, is a paleontologist, and I had chance to be as geeky as I liked through him.
raptor skeleton, Natural History Museum
Dr Nick Eisenberg
I drew a huge amount of inspiration for the novel from the Natural History Museum in London - so much so that I set the opening of the story there. These are my pictures from inside the museum.
The secondary characters in this story are just as important as the romantic leads, and I had a total blast writing them. These were my inspiring images for Boner, Hunter, and the "Goth Twins" River and Raven.