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Fiction

My Father, The Assassin

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday March 05, 2014 (23:47:21)
Expat Focus talks to June Finnigan about her first novel ‘My Father, The Assassin’ - the first of a trilogy. June writes her stories in a villa overlooking the Chianti hills in Tuscany, with Barty her grey tiger cat curled upon her lap or purring close by.

June, please tell us a little about yourself.

My mother was the daughter of wealthy middle class parents and my father was a Romany Gypsy. They married, despite all objections from my maternal grandparents and as anticipated, the union turned out to be a horrible mismatch. I was conceived in a Devon field and born the following June 1951 in the local midwife’s cottage next to Exmouth railway station.   more ...

Spain

Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?

Posted by: Carole on Thursday February 27, 2014 (23:04:54)
Expat Focus talks to Alan Parks about his memoir "Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?" a frank and charming story of a brave couple who risk everything when they move to Spain to breed alpacas.

Alan, please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Alan Parks, and I originally come from the south coast of the UK, where I used live in a town called Peacehaven, just outside Brighton. I moved, with my partner Lorna to rural Andalucia, Spain, close to the city of Cordoba in 2008 after Lorna became ill with Sarcoidosis.   more ...

International

Global Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday February 12, 2014 (18:35:39)
Expat Focus talks to Melissa Dalton-Bradford about her Memoir - Global Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family—a Memoir about her fantastic journey of motherhood that will inspire any family.

Melissa, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an American by birth and by passport, but like many of your readers, I’m a good solid Citizen of the World. I was raised primarily in the great American west by parents who had studied and worked in Germany, spoke fluent German, and subsequently kept their secrets from us in German. We cracked that code, there were no more secrets, and my passion for languages (and discovering the world) was ignited.   more ...

Fiction

Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery of Einstein's Daughter

Posted by: Carole on Sunday January 26, 2014 (21:48:18)
Expat Focus talks to Tim Symonds about his latest book "Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery of Einstein's Daughter".

Tim, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in what's known as the Sussex Weald - a series of forested hills and valleys in East Sussex, south of London. In the Summer, just down the track from my home, tourists stream to visit the house where Rudyard Kipling lived, the author of the Jungle Books etc. Kipling’s parents were ex-pats in India at the time of the British Empire.

I was born in London but grew up mostly in England's rural counties and the Channel Island of Guernsey.   more ...

Italy

Three Coins in the Fountain: Falling in love through faith, family & frequent flyer miles

Posted by: Carole on Monday January 06, 2014 (16:14:09)
Expat Focus talks to Catherine Tondelli about her book "Three Coins in the Fountain", a funny and helpful memoir of her life as an expat in Rome.

Catherine, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born - along with my twin sister - into a large Irish/Italian family in Chicago, the ninth of 11 kids (six boys & five girls). Growing up as part of this large, chaotic family has provided me with many entertaining stories that are woven in my memoir. Most significantly, at the age of 13 my father walked out on us all and never looked back. Against all odds, my mother, a school teacher who made sure we all got an education, while raising us with no alimony or child support on her pauper’s salary.   more ...

Costa Rica

Becoming an Expat: Costa Rica

Posted by: Carole on Thursday November 14, 2013 (14:23:47)
Expat Focus talks to Shannon Enete about her latest book, “Becoming an Expat: Costa Rica”, a guide to your new life in Costa Rica. It explains what living in Costa Rica is like without sugarcoating, covering the good, the bad, and the things that you wouldn't even consider.

Shannon, please tell us a little bit about yourself

I'm a US citizen from Southern California that grew up as a surfer, soccer, and volleyball kinda' gal. I completed my undergraduate from Cal State University of Long Beach in World Religions, then continued on to Palomar College where I earned my Paramedic license. I worked as a paramedic for 10 years before a back-injury steered me elsewhere. I've always preferred the outdoors and when it came time to move nature played a huge part in my decision making process.   more ...

United States (USA)

The Stress-Free Guide to Studying In the States; A Step-by-Step Plan for International Students

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday October 02, 2013 (08:56:59)
Expat Focus talks to Toni Summers Hargis about her latest book, “The Stress-Free Guide to Studying In the States; A Step-by-Step Plan for International Students”, which covers the entire process from thinking about, applying to and finally arriving at, an American university.

Toni, please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I'm a Brit who came to the States (via marriage) 23 years ago. I have three kids and a dog, (and the same husband) and we're in Chicago, Illinois. I was raised in the north east of England, went to university in Bristol and lived and worked in London before I moved here. I have now lived in Chicago longer than I have lived anywhere in my life, which is very weird. These days I spend my time writing books (see below) and posts for Expat Focus and the BBC's "Mind the Gap" web site.   more ...

France

Sun, Sea & Savoir-Faire: Travel Focus on the French Riviera

Posted by: Carole on Monday September 30, 2013 (19:51:23)
Expat Focus talks to Kim Defforge about her latest book, "Sun, Sea & Savoir-Faire: Travel Focus on the French Riviera", a practical concise travel guide without the usual touristy fluff.

Kim, please tell us a little bit about yourself

I lived several years in the city of Nice on the French Riviera, before moving to Cagnes-sur-Mer, a smaller city situated about 7 miles west of Nice. In the U.S., I was a teacher of French and a lover of all things French, and now, enjoy the language, culture, and joie de vivre on a daily basis as an expat.   more ...

Fiction

Mental Pause

Posted by: Carole on Thursday May 16, 2013 (20:19:46)
Expat Focus talks to Anne O'Connell about her latest book, "Mental Pause", the story of a middle-aged housewife and mother who is having a tough time with her ‘change of life’.

Anne, please tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m an expat Canadian, a Maritimer actually from Halifax, Nova Scotia, now living a quiet island life in Phuket, Thailand. I am what someone recently labeled a ‘multi-genre’ writer, which either means I enjoy variety or maybe haven’t decided what I want to be when I grow up! I do feature writing and blogging as well as copy writing for corporate communications, marketing and PR.   more ...

Dominican Republic

What About Your Saucepans?

Posted by: Carole on Friday May 10, 2013 (21:01:28)
Expat Focus talks to Lindsay de Feliz about her new book, "What About Your Saucepans?", the extraordinary true story of her move from the UK to the Dominican Republic.

Lindsay, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am British, and left the UK in 2001 to become a scuba diving instructor and travel the world. Prior to that I was a University lecturer and Marketing Director for financial companies in the City of London. I travelled to the Maldives, Singapore, Borneo, Thailand and Menorca before ending up in the Dominican Republic in November 2001. And there I got stuck. I am still living in the DR, together with my Dominican husband, 4 dogs and 7 cats. We started off in a tourist resort, on the Caribbean Ocean, where I was working as a diving instructor, then moved to a small town in the centre of the country, and now we live high up in the mountains, where we have a little finca (farm).   more ...

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