Back in 2010 a school teacher in Arizona was giving a lesson on the Medieval European Crusades into the Middle East. On the back of this he decided to see what it would be like to recreate the experience of yomping through a sun-blasted desert, carrying armour and kit of the period. It led to the first Crusader Walk, across a secret location quite literally in the middle of nowhere.
I was lucky enough to catch sight of the photos from this event, just as I was finishing my fifth novel, Dog Eat Dog: a political crime thriller set in the post-apocalyptic world of Yellow Dawn.
I approached the photographer and secured the rights to use one image for the cover of the book, modified to give it the anachronistic contrast between people seemingly of a medieval period but walking towards a near-future city.
Anyhow, skip forward from 2010 to 2012:
I was delighted to find another photograph in my inbox this week: sent by the folks behind the Crusader Walks, re-creating the photo but this time holding a copy of the novel it was used for.
Nice little human moment.