Our Expat Authors
Solange Berchemin was born in Lyon, France and spent her childhood gliding between two very very different cultural backgrounds. Her maternal grandparents emigrated from Morocco, her paternal family is deeply rooted in a very small village near Lyon.
She moved to London on a trial base, for a year or two, 20 years later she has become a London expert with a unique insider perspective. She loves this fascinating city, its quirkiness, its buzz, its cultural diversity. She finds it impossible to tire of a city that keeps offering places she has never been.
As her passion for travels grew she came to be a Tour Guide. She travelled the world for work or for the pleasure of discovering new cultures before turning to education. She worked as Head of Languages for one of London’s largest college. Nowadays she reports and writes about what she knows best.
Justine Bayod Espoz
Justine Bayod Espoz is a native of Chicago, Illinois (USA) who moved to Madrid, Spain in March 2005 to work as a cultural journalist and Spanish/English translator. Born to a Chilean father and a Spanish mother, Justine visited Spain many times throughout her childhood, but it wasn’t until her junior year abroad with the Tufts-Skidmore in Madrid program that she fell in love with the Spanish capital. Ever since that year, she knew that there was nowhere else she rather live.
Justine has BA in Spanish and English Literature from Smith College. She began her career in journalism and editing as a journalist for Hot English Magazine while studying in Spain. Following her graduation from Smith, she became the Editor of BeTuitive Publishing, an e-marketing company in Chicago. Upon moving to Madrid, she became the Editor-in-Chief of MAP Magazine, a position that she left to begin her own bilingual content creation agency ToritoMedia. Justine has published articles about Spanish culture in online and print magazines around the world, including Art Monthly Australia, Dance Europe, Dance International and Dance Magazine, to name a few.
Margot Bigg had her first experience living abroad when she was just three years old when she (and her parents) moved from Portland, Oregon (USA) to her father’s native England. She later moved to Paris, where she completed an MA in Contemporary European Studies from Sciences Po before finally shifting her base to Delhi in January 2007.
A professional journalist, Margot has written for a number of publications in India and abroad, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, Outlook Traveller, the Times of India, and The Oregonian. She is also the author of the Moon Guide to Living Abroad in India, a comprehensive guidebook for ex-pats planning to move to India.
Denis Burke became an Amsterdam resident after several visits. He has lived in the city for three years; first as a student, later as a writer and now in communications in the non-government sector. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Denis has travelled all over North America, Europe, and Asia. He has written for several travel guides with pieces about faraway places and the differing social and lifestyle issues in different parts of the world. Following the completion of his master’s degree in Amsterdam, he began writing about international affairs. Why does Denis love Amsterdam? The work-hard, play-hard mentality, the rich cultural life, and the opportunity to cycle home every day along breath-taking canals.
Born in Canada, Laura lived in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver before realizing that Canada (large as it is) was a mere speck in a much larger landscape. She has since traveled through forty countries, calling Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, Paris, Delhi, and Chennai home before finally settling in Bangalore, her husband’s hometown, in 2009.
Laura has worked in communications for over a decade and has a Masters in Publishing under her belt. She now runs a publishing consultancy with her husband between Bangalore, India and Vancouver, Canada.
Though not always obvious to the newly arrived guest, Laura, like most steadfast residents, has warmed to the camouflaged charms and hospitality of Bangalore and is a big fan of South Indiaâ€™s buzzing metropolis.
Merryn Calear is a seasoned traveller. As a former dancer, Merryn worked around the globe and lived in both Japan and England. Her favourite travel experiences have been in Asia, namely Vietnam and Japan. She has returned to her birthplace Sydney, where she divides her time writing, working in film and television and swimming at Coogee beach. Merryn Calear still enjoys dance and performance and has developed an interest in aerial arts. Merryn is passionate about the Sydney local arts scene and this is demonstrated in her involvement as President of Inner-City Arts.
Born in Ireland and raised in London, John Callely was dragged to Cape Town at the tender age of 18 to live under the strict roof of an irate German stepfather. Five years later, a little tougher, a lot browner, and with a much-expanded mind, he’s a happily integrated South African citizen, and works as a writer, editor and entrepreneur. He lives in Cape Town’s Central Business District, and despite a few encounters with the darker sides of the city, maintains that he wouldn’t live anywhere else.
Los Angeles, Californian native Lisa Canfield launched her career writing advertising for television shows, and teamed with her husband Joel to run their own Hollywood promo agency, which they aptly named “joined at the hip”. They relocated to New Zealand with sons David, now 15, and AJ, now 13, after Lisa saw New Zealand on TV the Amazing Race and became obsessed with it. Lisa and her family currently live in the St Heliers area of Central Auckland, where, from their bedroom deck, they can actually see a dormant-yet-active volcano rising from the sea. They relaunched their company as a full-service freelance writing service, working on everything from websites to ebooks to marketing campaigns from their downstairs office. They also founded and run the Central City Baseball Club, one of only six youth baseball clubs in the entire country. Lisa loves Auckland for the clean air, the mild climate, and above all else, the ocean.
Entrepreneur, author, professor, international business executive, and industry consultant, Dr. William Coon brings a diversified background to any endeavor. He has conducted business in more than 110 countries and has written thirty international business case studies, many of which are currently being used in graduate business schools in the United States. Dr. Coon has conducted business in China since 1978 and has lived in Shanghai for the past four years. He has also lived in Germany, Argentina, and Brazil.
As a professor at Washington University’s John M. Olin School of Business, Dr. Coon taught numerous MBA courses such as Foreign Market development, International Marketing Management, and Global Management Studies. He contributed to textbooks on international economics, strategic management, and international business. He currently consults with several multinational companies that do business in China, as well as teaching MBA courses at Chinese, English, and American universities.
Jeff De Maria was born in Southern California and spent his childhood exploring the beaches near his home and travelling the Southwestern states with his family in their camper. A year spent studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia during University introduced Jeff to the wonders of international travel and inspired him to spend the better part of a decade exploring the globe and documenting his travels.
Having lived and worked abroad in Japan and Australia, Jeff has experienced firsthand the challenges of being a newly arrived expat in a strange land. He currently lives with his wife in their favourite city, Melbourne, where he works as a communications consultant and writer for Australian government agencies. When heâ€™s not writing or navigating the perilous channels of bureaucracy, he enjoys drinking with mates in the afternoon, exploring the city’s laneways for new street art, and travelling to areas of Australia with funny names.
Scott Ezell studied English and Chinese at the University of California. After graduating from university he went to Taiwan to continue studying Chinese and ended up traveling and living a dozen years in Asia, including China, Japan, Vietnam, India and Indonesia. In Asia he has worked as a writer, editor, radio show host, and record producer, and has published work in newspapers and magazines such as the Kyoto Journal, That’s Beijing, the Taipei Times and Chan Magazine.
Scott Ezell traveled in Vietnam for one month in 2004 and was enchanted by the landscape, people and cultural texture of the country. Interested in questions of individual and cultural identity, in 2008 he settled in Hanoi, the cultural and artistic capital of Vietnam. He continues to explore and write about what lies beneath the surface of Vietnamese society and performs music with local artists in Hanoi.
Vivian Grace James
Vicky Li Yip
Bercelona , Melbourne
Expat's Manual, Hong Kong, Singapore
New York City
Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Lisbon
Corina was born in the UK to an English father and a German mother. At the age of five, she moved to Australia with her family but the German influence was strong. That and an obsession with National Geographic magazines are probably to blame for her travel passion.
She has travelled the world extensively and thrives in experiencing different cultures.
She has backpacked, travelled by motorbike on a 6-month epic adventure, travelled with friends, travelled with family and now travels solo, so far visiting over 60 countries. Corina has lived in Turkey for 6 years where she taught English. In 2015 she relocated to Spain and this year. Recently in 2020, she made her home base in Porto, Portugal.
As well as teaching English, Corina is a published writer. Her short story ‘The Castle’ was included in the anthology The Expat Sofra, Tales of Foreign Women in Turkey. She has also written two books about her life in Turkey, A Turkish Affair and Turkish Diaries, both written under her pen name, Matilda Voss and available on Amazon.
Corina is an experienced house and pet sitter with many wonderful assignments in the UK, France, Netherlands, Spain, and the USA.
She admits to loving the European way of life, sitting on a terrace and people-watching whilst enjoying an espresso.