Sunny Interval is a personal blog set up, written and managed by me, Jo Parfitt, publisher at Summertime Publishing. I have lived in Dubai, Oman, Norway, England, the Netherlands and now Kuala Lumpur, since 1987 with my husband, Ian. Our two sons now live in Europe. I started this mostly because I am a writer and writers write. An experience that does not make it the page is an experience wasted to my mind. SunnyInterval documents our four year posting to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and began in September 2013. Mostly, after writing, of course, I love food – every aspect of it, from thinking about it to shopping for it, cooking it, sharing it and eating it. I also love to travel and meet people. As an expat journalist, speaker and author I have become fascinated by what I like to call ‘expatriate issues’. Things like culture shock, settling in, cumulative grief, making friends, professional identity, roots, home and belonging. I love to write about these things and to write stories that illustrate my journey on this path we have chosen and that is often rocky, pitted or scary. However, like any road less travelled, there are some marvelous moments along the way.
Summertime Publishing is an independent publishing house, officially based in Stamford, England. Since its inception in 1997 we have published more than 90 books and specialise in books by and for people living overseas. You can see the books we’ve published at Expatbookshop. Summertime is a totally portable and global business, with associates in Canada, South Africa, America, the Netherlands and England and over 50 authors based worldwide.
My writing and publishing blog can be found at SummertimePublishing.com. I’ve written over 30 books myself, mostly non-fiction, with Career in Your Suitcase the most well-known. My books on writing include Release the Book Within, Definite Articles and Write Your Life Stories. My novel, about a first time expat in Dubai, is called Sunshine Soup – yes it does have some recipes in it!