My wife Sue’s ink-and-watercolor paintings highlight each chapter of Camino Sunrise.
Why did I write an adventure memoir about the Camino de Santiago?
I wrote to touch readers’ hearts, tickle funny bones, and pique curiosity.
I wrote for people who have tried long-distance trekking and for those who are considering their first hiking adventure. I wrote for armchair adventurers as well.
I wrote for people who have struggled with self-doubt, childhood bullying, and poverty.
Many readers have shared their reactions to Camino Sunrise. Many wrote that my book resonated in several of the areas I mentioned above. They found a message of hope.
I would love to hear what you think.
Sue painted this Camino map for my book, Camino Sunrise, highlighting some of the eventful places from our walk across Spain. What places would you add?
How many places of worship grace the Camino de Santiago? I wonder if anyone has counted them. My wife Sue painted this one for my book.
An iconic Camino stop
I couldn’t fool these curious Spanish kids at this iconic rest stop on the Camino de Santiago. I turned on the spigot and red liquid filled my bottle. “Red water!” I told them. “It’s wine!” said the boy. My wife Sue captured the memory in ink and watercolor.
Self-reflection, humor and a recurring cast of real-life characters create the backdrop for Camino Sunrise: Walking With My Shadows. Follow the author as he learns his worries about coed dorms, bathrooms, and lack of privacy are not the most troublesome extra baggage he packs. Each new day uncovers lessons in camaraderie, acceptance, and hope as Reg confronts disturbing shadows from his past.
A recently retired political science professor and longtime newspaper journalist, Reg was looking forward to expanding his travel experiences, but the trek on the 500-mile trail across Spain took him to places he never imagined.
Reg’s wife Sue illustrated Camino Sunrise with her ink-and-watercolor paintings that appear in color in the ebook. Some are previewed in a slide show on this site. Visit Sue Spittle’s photography blog by clicking here.
The Camino de Santiago is a journey built on 1,200 years of history and travels from the Pyrenees in France to Santiago de Compostela. It has been a pilgrimage for millions from all over the world for centuries.
Sue Spittle designed the book cover and used ink and watercolor for the illustrations with each chapter, which appear in color in the ebook.