I love reading memoirs. But most of all I love well written memoirs. And Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way On El Camino by Christy Day is an exquisitely written travel memoir.
Walking from Here To There: Finding My Way On El Camino is equal parts reflection, factual account of the challenges and joys of the Pilgrimage, and practical advice for preparing for it and making it the best experience possible. It is a must read it if you are planning to walk El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. If that is not your plan but you like first-person accounts full of facts and reflection, you will like Walking from Here to There.
Today I am beyond happy to host on my blog Christy Day, author of Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way On El Camino. In this lovely interview Christy shares some exciting news with us, so read through it to find out.
– How did you decide to pursue a writing career?
“I have always loved writing. I have always journaled and my mother taught me the fine art of letter-writing, just for starters. I taught college freshman English and enjoyed the challenge of bringing out students’ writing skills.”
-Was getting published hard?
“I decided to go the self-publishing route and it was an interesting challenge finding just the right publisher. I feel like I did.”
-Are your characters based on people you know?
“I write non-fiction at this time. I think every fictional character is based on real people as well as characteristics drawn from individuals known or encountered.”
-What genre is your book?
“My first, and at this time only, book is a memoir/travelogue.”
-Which of your books is your most favorite?
“I am delighted with how Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way on El Camino is being received. People appear to be eager to hear about a 500-mile pilgrimage and what it takes to accomplish it. It appears to be inspiring hope and aspiration in those who read it, and that makes me happy.”
-Do you have a specific writing routine?
“I write immediately after my 6 a.m. walk and breakfast. I tend to edit as I go along and make notes to do research. I write thoughts down as they occur and keep them in a notebook for use later.”
-What’s next for you?
“I have had such diverse experiences in my life and met so many people, it seems a shame not to make a story of it. My next book will be a novel.”