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 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 - 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 - Elka Ray

13 August, 2013 09:40  Erin Erin

Elke Ray My name is Elka Ray. I was born in England, grew up in Africa and Canada, and live in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I studied Journalism and Asian Studies at university and was intrigued by Vietnam’s history. After I finished my B.A., I came here “for one year” to find a thesis topic. That was almost 18 years ago.

2. How do you make a living? Are you a fulltime writer?

For the past decade I’ve worked two weeks out of each month editing a travel magazine. I write fiction during the other two weeks. Before that I held a number of media-related jobs, all of which involved writing or editing. I started out writing travel and lifestyle features for magazines and guidebooks. These days, I travel less than I used to because I have two young children.


Interview with Expat author - Alexander McNabb

09 July, 2013 10:57  Erin Erin

Alexander McNabb Alexander McNabb is from the UK and has been working in, living in and travelling around the Middle East for over 25 years. Currently located in the UAE, Alexander is a frequent conference speaker, chair and moderator, particularly on issues around online and digital communications.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Oof, start with the small questions, eh? I was working for a UK based publishing company specializing in trade magazines for the Middle East, particularly in technology, and as time went on it was more and more obvious we needed to set up in the UAE. So I started up a partly owned subsidiary here back in 1993 and the rest, as they say, is history.

2. How do you make a living? Are you a fulltime writer?
No, I wish! I’m the director of a digital communications consultancy called Spot On Public Relations. I moved out of publishing into PR in the late 1990s, rather like a frog being boiled – it sort of happened before I realized it. And then PR turned into getting more involved in online and digital marketing, which is the day job today.