We agents are always looking for new book ideas; we look everywhere, read as much as we can, and often find them in some pretty unusual conversations. When I go away on vacation, however, I try to veg out and am less on the hunt than usual. But then, they are always around.
Over the last couple of weeks, my husband and I traveled throughout Israel and Jordan and had some incredible experiences. Here are just a few, which may or may not ultimately spur me to come up with some new book concepts:
A trip to the Dead Sea and then a climb to the top of Masada where the last Jewish soldier committed suicide by throwing himself on his sword in order to avoid being enslaved by the Romans. It was formerly thought that this was an act of heroism, but was it really? Now the scholars might be changing their minds.
A stay at the incredible Kind David Hotel in Jerusalem where the famous and infamous have signed a walk of fame running down the main corridor of the lobby. There, I run into friends I haven’t seen in over 20 years.
My first camel ride along the road leaving Jerusalem.
The incredible hotel we stayed at in Tiberius, the Scots Hotel which used to be a hospital and which has a long and colorful history.
The solitary walk, just the two of us with our luggage across the border from Israel to Jordan through “no man’s land.”
The amazing trek into Petra, the land of so many civilizations and the setting for Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Getting lost in Amman trying to find a restaurant and being literally walked all the way to where we needed to go by a lovely Palestinian gentleman.
And finally just before leaving our hotel to go back to the airport and home, being invited to partake at a Moslem wedding just because we were “there” and everyone was “welcome.”
I wonder, have some of your ideas for books come while on vacation. What were your experiences and what ideas resulted from them?