Damage is loosely-based on a real place called Ballachulish bay on the west coast of Scotland. This is because parts of Damage are based on a true story, and this is where it happened. However, I didn’t want to make it exactly the same, so there are lots of differences in the book too.
The really weird thing was that I wanted part of the story to take place in the mountains above the loch, but there needed to be a cliff or a quarry. I imagined how it would look in my head, with no reference to any real places. Then after I’d written the book I looked on-line and eventually found a picture that looked a bit like the cliff edge I’d imagined. It turned out to be a place called Ballachulish quarry. I genuinely had no idea it existed. It was just really spooky co-incidence!