Interview with Jonathan Copeland

Describe your desk
That's embarrassing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Te Bangkok Story was inspired by prolonged spells in this wonderful city and the lack of any books that put the buildings and sights in historical context. It proved to be extremely interesting and hugely enjoyable.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing the final sentence.
What do your fans mean to you?
What are you working on next?
I am writing a book on Asian Textiles based on an interesting talk that Murni gave to the de Young Museum in San Francisco but greatly expanded, illustrated with examples from her own collection.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love photography and travel and especially combining the two. That's what made The Bangkok Story and the Walking Tour of Rye especially enjoyable.
What is your writing process?
I tend to get an idea in a flash from one of my interests, read all I can about it, speak to everyone I can about it, write down what I've discovered and re-write and re-write until I can recite the whole thing from memory.
How do you approach cover design?
With trepidation.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Belfast studying Latin, German and French. The discipline of learning and writing a foreign language has meant that I pay great attention to words and the sounds of words and rhythm.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The speed of publishing a book to the World. It has been fantastic.
Published 2013-09-14.
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Books by This Author

Walking Tour of Cheltenham, The Most Beautiful Regency Town in England
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,880. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2017 by Murni. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference, Nonfiction » History » European
It is a delightful town, full of wonderful architectural gems, all of which have interesting stories to tell. It was a fashionable place to visit in Georgian and Regency England at a time of momentous change, when foreign kings ruled the country. It was when Britain successfully fought to be the leading player on the world stage, becoming modern and global in the process.
WALKING THE STREETS OF YANGON, The people, stories and hidden treasures of downtown cosmopolitan Yangon (Rangoon)
Price: $4.98 USD. Words: 38,680. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2017 by Murni. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Hikes & walks, Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests
This book is a guide to walking the downtown streets of Yangon. Here are the stories of the streets and the people that live in them. This book is also about the love of walking, of discovering the rhythms, streetscapes and hidden treasures of individual streets.
Strolling Down the Streets of Old Rangoon: The History and the Buildings
Price: $3.98 USD. Words: 28,570. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2017 by Murni. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference, Nonfiction » History » Asian
Strolling down the Streets of Old Rangoon: The History and the Buildings describes the colonial history of Burma under the British and the buildings built during that time, illustrated with colour photographs.
The Bangkok Story, an Historical Guide to the Most Exciting City in the World
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 54,590. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013 by Murni. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference, Nonfiction » History » Asian
The Bangkok Story traces the history of Bangkok up to the present day, and describes and places the main buildings in the city in context, to explain to the visitor their meaning and relevance, something that the usual guide books do not cover. There are a lot of places not mentioned in other books. There are directions and opening hours. The book is illustrated with over 400 colour photographs.
Walking Tour of Rye, the most beautiful town in England
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 21,830. Language: British English. Published: August 3, 2012 by Murni. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference, Nonfiction » History » European
Rye, 70 miles south of London, is a small town, rich in history and numerous well-preserved buildings. The town is just the right size to go on a walking tour. This guide explains every important building and directs you to the next one. There are stories of French raids, piracy, murder, plague and Royal visits. Brief history lessons to read on the tour or at home. There are over 100 photographs.