Jo and Ian atop the KL Menara Tower

Jo and Ian atop the KL Menara Tower

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!

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8 Responses to About

  1. Carolyn says:

    Hi Jo! Congratulations on another successful move. I’m assuming all your boxes got to where they needed to be. You and Ian, too? Now, I’m looking forward to sharing your KL adventures – vicariously of course.

  2. Mariion Parish says:

    Hi Jo I have finally got around to joining your blog. Hope KL is good for you and your courses there are as good as they were in Tuscany. Looking forward to reading about your adventures.

  3. Tamkara says:

    Hi, Jo, congrats on your successful move! I discovered your blog today by chance and I can’t wait to explore. Best wishes on your new adventure!

  4. Hilary Milne says:

    Hi Jo, life is a full circle isn’t it. Do you remember when I first got to Stavanger and I was full on proactive. In Kazahstan I even spoke to people in supermarkets who sounded foreign in that early phase. Sometimes I just make myself feel over-pushy and think why did I do that but other times it has paid off and I have got contacts and that is all you need in the early days, somebody to talk to or network with. Could you drop me an email as I would like to contact you directly and your old email address bounced back. Hilary

  5. Hi Jo,

    Just wanted to let you know that I wrote a list of the best expat books for my company blog and featured your story! If you want to share the list, I’d be thrilled:


    Thanks 🙂

  6. Hi,

    I was wondering if I can sponsor your site for a client of mine that is based in UK. It will be either about travel, holidays, or city breaks.

    It really is simple work and of-course the ad copy is upon your approval. We will make sure it will fit you and your readers taste.

    Please let me know if this is possible.

    Thank you and looking forward to working with you.

    Web Outreach Team‏

    Joanne Rivers

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