About Jonathan Coan Daifuku:
For over two decades Jonathan Coan Daifuku has worked in Barcelona as an architect, designer and creative advertisement agency director. He is a Rhode Island School of Design and Columbia University graduate and currently a university professor. He is presently working on his second book, Quid Pro Quo in Paris, placed in 1960.
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy transporting the reader to a different time and place, yet one related to our present. For this reason, I write historical novels placed in our recent past. In The Barcelona Journal Murders, the plot evolves in and around the old, historic area of the city. The time, 1906, is just before WW I, which is to say before our innocence about the benefits emerging technologies would bring to mankind was lost forever.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m very picky about plots so this is carefully outlined, chapter-by-chapter. I also define my characters and their evolution. (It helps to find portraits or period photos on the net to use as a reference). On the other hand, the details of conversations or the setting they evolve in are spur-of-the-moment.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Much more listening than talking to. It’s important to sense whether a given attitude, statement or manner of dress is consistent with each character.
What advice would you give other writers?
I don’t think I’m in a position to hand out advice. For me every book is a struggle and lots of hard work.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I feel that if a major publishing house is not interested in your manuscript and vanity publishing is, well, for the vain, the next best thing is a well thought out self-publishing strategy… And I decided from the onset to steer clear of fly-by-night publishers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I get the sense that digital publishing is still in its infancy. In the near future e-books might be linked to pictures or videos of locations or to the sound of a bubbling brook as one describes a fishing outing. In short, the lines between film and script could blur.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Historical Fiction, 20th century, Europe.
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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