Interview with Expat author - Lana Penrose

06 November, 2013 11:29  Erin Erin

To Hellas and Back Lana PenroseA former Australian expat in Greece, Lana Penrose is a bestselling author twice published by Penguin/Viking. She has worked as a record company promotions manager, music journalist and television producer, and worked briefly with Simon Cowell amongst others of the pop elite.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Greece because my partner was offered a position to run an Athenian radio station. Being a former MTV producer, I looked upon it as a potential sun-filled sabbatical where I’d spend a year unraveling the mysteries of the universe whilst popping olives into my mouth. Things didn’t quite work out that way!
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Interview with Expat author - Toni Hargis

08 October, 2013 08:27  Erin Erin

Toni HargisI’m Toni Hargis, otherwise known as blogger Expat Mum. I am from the north east of England and currently live in Chicago, USA. I have been in the USA for 23 years and have 3 Yankee-Brit children.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I married an American who was working in London for three years. I didn’t really think too much about it at the time, - just got on a plane and moved here.
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Interview with Expat author - Jay Artale

11 September, 2013 08:50  Erin Erin

jay The Bodrum Peninsula Travel GuideOriginally from the flatlands and big skies of rural Norfolk in eastern England, Jay Artale (aka Roving Jay) is a British Expat currently living in Los Angeles. She’s a vicarious blogger and has recently published her first Travel Guide Book covering the Bodrum Peninsula in Turkey, which is where she has her 2nd home.    

1. Why did you move abroad?
Like most baby boomers from Britain … I was brought up on a diet of old Hollywood Matinee movies and I still remember my pre-teen yearnings to live in America. I’m not sure if I thought it was possible; it was just an escapism tactic from small-town rural life.
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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.
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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.

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Interview with Expat author - Tony James Slater

05 June, 2013 09:00  Erin Erin

Tony James SlaterTony James Slater is the author of crazy travel-comedy ‘That Bear Ate My Pants!’. He is a very, very strange man. He believes himself to be indestructible, despite considerable evidence to the contrary. He is often to be found making strange faces whilst pretending to be attacked by inanimate objects. And sometimes - not always, but often enough to be of concern - his testicles hang out of the holes in his trousers.

It is for this reason (amongst others) that he chooses to spend his life far from mainstream civilization, tackling ridiculous challenges and subjecting himself to constant danger. He gets hurt quite a lot.
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Interview with Expat author - Norman Schriever

08 May, 2013 10:11  Erin Erin

Norm Schriever My name is Norman Schriever, but my friends call me Norm.  You can call me Mr. Schriever.  Or “dude!”  

I’m from New Haven, Connecticut originally, and spent a decade in California.  I’ve lived in Costa Rica and Nicaragua the last couple of years, and headed to Asia next.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
Should I be honest and say it was because I couldn’t hold down a job or get a date in the States?  Nah, I’ll lie and say that I love traveling, exploring other cultures, and it’s always been my dream to be a writer, documenting real peoples’ stories from lost corners of the world.  
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Interview with Expat author - Jill Dobbe

04 April, 2013 10:50  Erin Erin

HERE WE ARE and THERE WE GO Jill Hi, I am Jill Dobbe and I am an overseas educator of 20 years and a recently published author of a travel memoir, HERE WE ARE & THERE WE GO: Teaching and Traveling With Kids in Tow. The expat life is not new to me as I have lived in seven different countries by now.  I am also a mother of two adult children who grew up overseas and continue to have the travel bug.  My daughter is currently teaching in Honduras and my son is in medical school in Grenada.  I am also an avid reader and a shopping addict. I continue to love to travel and I especially love to shop in out-of- the-way foreign markets, even though by this time my condo in Wisconsin has no more room for more arts and crafts (and my husband also says he is sick and tired of carrying them across the world).  Actually, according to my husband, the only reason I like to travel is because “I see the world as just one big shopping mall!”
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Interview with Expat author - Meghan Fenn

05 March, 2013 10:53  Erin Erin

Bringing up Brits meghan Meghan Fenn, Korean born American currently living in England with an English man and three British born children.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Originally I moved abroad to teach English at the University of Prague. It was there in Prague that I met my British husband. We lived and worked there for two years. Then I lived abroad in Tokyo for two and a half years and then I moved to England to be with my British boyfriend (now my husband).

2. How do you make a living? Are you a fulltime writer?
I own a design company and I am a graphic and web designer. This is my full time job. I also write (Bringing Up Brits: Expat Parents Raising Cross-Cultural Kids in Britain is my first book) and blog for my own blog www.bringingupbrits.co.uk/blog and I write guest blog posts for others bloggers.
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Interview with Expat author - Cherie Magnus

06 February, 2013 10:31  Erin Erin

The Church of Tango My name is Cherie Magnus, but most folks on the internet know me as tangocherie for my blog. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, I left there in 2001 to live in Mexico, and then in 2003 I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Phoebe the expat cat. In January 2012, I published my first book, The Church of Tango: a Memoir—Death, Dance, Destiny.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I had a series of losses in my life beginning with the death of my beloved husband from cancer. More loss followed including the family home, my mother to Alzheimer’s, and my own two cancers. I had to take early retirement from my job as a dance reference librarian in the Los Angeles Public Library. Then money was an issue and so I moved to Mexico where I thought life would be cheaper. I also took it as an opportunity to live in a foreign culture and learn a new language. But I was a tango dancer and so I was drawn to Buenos Aires, the Mecca of tango that I had occasionally visited since I began dancing tango in 1997. In 2001 Argentina suffered an economic crisis and it was very inexpensive. Since then things changed and inflation has skyrocketed—something that most expats don’t think about when they make the decision to leave home for greener foreign fields.
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