Interview with Expat author - Laura J Stephens

05 December, 2012 14:28  Erin Erin

an Inconvenient Posting - lauraMy name is Laura Stephens. I was born in northeast England and moved south in mid-childhood to the outskirts of London. Ten years ago I was living in Singapore after which I repatriated to England for four years. Our second posting was to Houston for three years. My family are now back in Kent, England, just south of London.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I always felt I had missed out on seeing the world and the whole backpacking experience, and yearned to submerge myself in a different culture. Our posting to Singapore offered me a change of lifestyle, a break from my busy business life and a valuable chance to spend more time with my growing family.

Houston had always been on a potential hit list of destinations for myself and my husband as we liked the idea of living in America. As it transpired, the timing and situation I would find myself in were not favorable for me and impacted in a disastrous way – hence the memoir of the posting! (More)


Interview with Expat author - Jack Scott

05 November, 2012 18:40  Erin Erin

Jack Scott completed one of our first Expat Interviews, "From London to Bodrum: Perking the Pansies and Surviving the Expats in Turkey". Since that time, his blog of life in Turkey has grown tremendously. He translated his success into a memoir of his Jack Scott - Author of: Perking the Pansies, Jack and Liam move to Turkeyexpat adventures and spoke with us about the difficulties of taking an expat blog to a book.

My name is Jack Scott. I was born on a British army base in Canterbury, England in 1960 and spent part of my childhood in Malaysia as a 'forces brat'. At the age of eighteen and determined to dodge further education, I became a shop boy on Chelsea's trendy King's Road. Days on the tills and nights on the tiles were the best probation for a young gay man about town. After two carefree years, I swapped sales for security and got a proper job in local government with a pension attached. By my late forties, passionately dissatisfied with suburban life and middle management, I abandoned the sanctuary of liberal London for an uncertain future in Turkey. I currently live in Bodrum with my Civil Partner, Liam. (More)


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