Interview with Expat Author - Clarissa Gosling

29 January, 2020 15:51  Expat Library Expat Library

Clarissa Gosling with booksClarissa Gosling moved from the UK to The Netherlands in 2014 with her husband and two children.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We moved abroad because my husband was offered a job in The Netherlands. At the time we had a two-year old son and a six month old daughter. We were keen for them to experience a different culture and to learn a second language from a young age. As his job was a permanent position we chose to live in a smaller town, and to send the children to the local Dutch school, so that we could become part of the local community rather than socialising solely with expats.

2. How do you make a living? Are you a full time writer?
We had already decided I would stay at home after the birth of our second child, which made the decision to move easier as I didn’t need to find a job here too. Since she has started school I’ve decided not to return to work as an academic librarian, the career I had before, and instead am building my author business. I write during school hours and in the evenings, while also managing the household, which doesn’t quite add up to full time.  (More)


Interview with Expat Author - Inke Hamkens

10 July, 2017 08:54  Erin Erin

Inke HamkensInke Hamkens was born in Hamburg and studied American, English and Italian literary sciences at the University of Hamburg, followed by the University of Vermont in the USA.

After school, she worked for several years in Hamburg, Mülheim, Düsseldorf, Bonn and Nuremberg as a PR consultant and freelance journalist before accompanying her family to Dallas in 2007. Today, she lives in Paris but has continued to collect memories of Texas. She wrote a book about her time there in 2016 called Termites, Tornadoes, Texas und Wir published in German.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We moved because of my husband's job offer.

2. How do you make a living?
At first I concentrated on being a mother of 3 in a foreign country. Quite a task to tackle, especially at the age my kids were at the time: 8, 6 and 2 1/2.



Interview mit Expat Autor - Christiane Sternberg

08 August, 2016 07:25  Erin Erin

Christiane Stenberg Christiane Sternberg, Jahrgang 1965, Journalistin und Autorin. Ich bin Berlinerin und lebe seit 10 Jahren in Nikosia/Zypern.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Es waren erst Neugier und dann ganz pragmatische Gründe, die mich nach Zypern verschlagen haben. Am Anfang war ich mit meinem Mann, einem Fotografen, nur zu Recherchezwecken auf der Insel unterwegs. Dann hat uns das Land gepackt mit seiner Schönheit und seinen Problemen. Wir reisten immer wieder für länger nach Zypern und als wir uns am Ende entscheiden mussten, ob wir in Deutschland oder in Zypern arbeiten und leben wollten, siedelten wir gänzlich um.


Interview with Expat Author - Nancy Swing

23 May, 2016 09:55  Erin Erin

Nancy Swing author Nancy Swing, currently living on California's Central Coast with husband Russell Sunshine and five backyard deer who come and go as they please.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
My husband and I were independent consultants working in developing countries, both long term (2 or more years) and short-term (6-8 weeks). Sometimes we were together, sometimes not. Among the countries where I worked for clients like the U.N., USAID and the World Bank: Egypt, Kenya, Guyana, Pakistan, and Somalia.


Interview with Expat Author - Susan Keefe

30 June, 2015 13:49  Erin Erin

Susan Keefe My name is Susan Keefe, I am originally from Essex in the U.K. however now I live just above the Loire Valley in France.

1. Why did you move abroad?  

I have always loved France and when I remarried a few years back my new husband took his first trip here on our honeymoon and fell in love with France straight away. We started looking at buying a house the following year and very quickly found one. We bought it with a five year plan, which lasted all of 6 months, and so we moved here in December 2006.


Interview with Expat Author - Clara Wiggins

26 May, 2015 11:52  Erin Erin

Clara Wiggins Hi, I’m Clara Wiggins and I am from the UK. At the moment I also live in the UK but I was born in Cuba (to British diplomatic parents) and lived all over the world including the Philippines, Nigeria, Venezuela, Gibraltar, Jamaica, Pakistan and St Lucia. This year we are moving to South Africa.

1. Why did you move abroad?

 As a child I moved with my parents – no choice! Then as an adult I realised the wonderlust was still there and I started out by going on a round-the-world trip on my own, which included nine months in New Zealand. When I returned to London I decided I wasn’t done with living abroad so I joined the Foreign Office and with that job moved to Jamaica. Here I met my husband and became pregnant with the first of our two daughters. We then moved with my husband’s job to Pakistan and St Lucia (and soon to South Africa).  


Interview with Expat Author - Lizzie Harwood

28 April, 2015 08:23  Erin Erin

LizzieI’m Lizzie Harwood, born in New Zealand and now living near Paris, France.

1. Why did you move abroad?
As kids we moved back and forth between New Zealand and my parents’ native Canada. Later Mum bought all of us one-way tickets in Europe around the age of 21 when we wanted to backpack. After university studies in New Zealand, I moved to Asia for a sudden job offer and kept moving until I settled in Paris in 2001. To date, I’ve lived in seven countries. (More)


Interview with Expat Author - Vicki Lesage

10 February, 2015 10:26  Erin Erin

confessions of a paris party girl

Bonjour! I’m Vicki and I’m currently surviving French bureaucracy and exorbitant rent in the grand city of Paris. I love it and I can’t leave it, though sometimes I wonder if I should!

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved here for a summer, which has morphed into nearly 10 years. I was freshly single and unceremoniously dumped from my job, so I figured with my newfound freedom, I’d see what life in the City of Light was like. The plan was to return to my hometown of St. Louis soon after, but I haven’t quite made it back yet.


Interview with Expat author - Chantal Panozzo

13 January, 2015 10:53  Erin Erin

Chantal Swiss Life 30 Things I Wish I'd Known Grüezi, people. My name is Chantal and I am a confused international person. After eight plus years in Switzerland, I am currently on a two year leave of absence and am back in the US taking care of some family issues and answering the question: Can you go home again, and if so, how awkward is it?

1. Why did you move abroad?

My husband had a work opportunity, so we took it, not wanting to think “what if?” for the rest of our lives. We expected the assignment to last three years, but we stayed for over eight years as we both learned to love the Swiss lifestyle. At first, as I discuss in my book, I was not only a foreigner to the Swiss, I was a foreigner to myself.



Interview with Expat author - Susan Blumberg-Kason

16 December, 2014 11:14  Erin Erin

Good Chinese Wife A Love Affair With China Gone Wrong I’m Susan Blumberg-Kason and was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. In my pre-teens I became fascinated by Hong Kong and dreamed of living there before the Handover in 1997. So I moved there at the age of 19 while still in college and ended up living there two different times in the 90s, finally leaving when I was 27. I now live in another Chicago suburb with my husband and three kids. My memoir, Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair With China Gone Wrong, was published by Sourcebooks this summer.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My father always said he would love to live in Manhattan if he had a ton of money. He made it seem like one could only live in expensive big city if one had extreme wealth. I was determined to disprove this theory! My plan was to move to Hong Kong as an exchange student in college. And it turned out to be a great decision. I went back for graduate school a few years later and it turned out that housing and tuition were much cheaper than in the US. I received a studentship that paid my tuition and housing. Once I graduated, I found a job and earned enough to live comfortably. I was married by then and our two-bedroom apartment was 420 square feet. It felt palatial back then.


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