Plotting The Nesting

The idea – or rather, the ideas – for my fifth novel came in pieces. My son is very keen on architecture and I spent a good part of last year watching property programmes with him – Grand Designs, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, Extraordinary Homes (he’s currently into that Tiny Homes show on Netflix). I’ve…

The first draft

My second research trip to Norway was in December 2018. I flew into Bergen, boarded a Hurtigruten ferry (the MS Richard With) and spent the next 12 days travelling all the way up the Norwegian coast to the Russian border and back. It was an incredible trip. I had never left my children for that…

Imagining Norway

My first visit to Norway was at the beginning of November 2018. I had a number of questions I needed to ask John Arne Bjerknes, a partner and design director at the Nordic Office of Architecture in Oslo, and given that much of the story of The Nesting pivots on the construction of a summer house…

Writing a psychological gothic

Hello there and welcome to the blog I’m keeping for the duration of the researching/writing of The Nesting, which is published in 2020 around the world. We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones. — Stephen King I didn’t intend to write a psychological gothic, but I’ve been writing and publishing fiction for…