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’. By my late forties, passionately dissatisfied with suburban life and middle management my Civil Partner, Liam, and I abandoned the sanctuary of liberal London for an uncertain future in Turkey. In 2010, I started an irreverent narrative about our new life and Perking the Pansies, the blog quickly became one of the most popular English language blogs in Turkey attracting 180,000 hits. Within a year, I’d been featured in the Turkish National Press, become a resident columnist at On the Ege magazine, published numerous essays and articles in expat and travel magazines and contributed to the Huffington Post Union of Bloggers. As the blog developed a head of steam, a growing worldwide audience clamoured for a book. I duly obliged and my hilarious (well, I think so) memoir, Perking the Pansies, hit the streets at Christmas 2011. I continue to waste time as a freelance writer and currently live in Bodrum.