I’ve been away on holiday the past week. No laptop. Limited internet access. No blogs to write and not much chance to promote Wolf’s Head (although I tried my best!).
Instead, I spent the week relaxing with my family and, when I got the chance I had some quality time with a couple of books. For the first time in a while, I was able to sit down and completely lose myself in someone else’s creation with no distractions.
I still don’t really think of myself as a “writer” – Wolf’s Head has only been available for three weeks after all – but it was nice to become a simple reader again, with nothing to worry about other than my enjoyment of the books I’d chosen for the week.
Douglas Jackson’s hardback Avenger of Rome, the third in a truly fantastic series from a fellow Scotsman was my first pick, while new young author Jeremy Han’s The Emperor’s Prey was the second, on my Kindle app. I would read Doug’s until the wife and daughter said it was time to put the lights out, then I’d fire up the Kindle and read Jeremy’s in the dark until I fell asleep.
I said earlier it was nice to just be a reader again, rather than a writer, but even as I lost myself – first on Doug’s endangered Roman ship, and then in Jeremy’s 15th century China – my mind was working out how to write reviews for these two cracking books…
So much for being purely a reader. Maybe I can’t escape the writer’s mindset after all, but it’ll be nice to write about someone else’s world for a change!
Jeremy Han’s The Emperor’s Prey: http://www.amazon.com/The-Emperors-Prey-ebook/dp/B009HJBR3Y