I’ve been living in Indonesia since 1982, and I’ve carved out my own little piece of paradise that I share with my dogs, my business partner, and our employees.
Originally, I came to Indonesia because I was feeling frustrated with the path I was following. I’d gone back to school to become a clinical psychologist; and although I loved studying psychology, I felt that a career in that field was going to tie me down too much. I’d always loved traveling and felt that I even wanted to live and work overseas.
Along came a job in Indonesia – for only 3 months. Well, I figured a short time living and working overseas would get that itch out of my system. But as you already know, 3 months wasn’t enough time to get rid of that restless bug. When that short job ended, I’d already decided that I wanted to stay in Indonesia. Living overseas was the adventure I wanted to continue.
I ended up teaching English in Indonesia for around 13 years and then switched to tour directing for 18 years. I still lead some tours, mainly to Russia and the Baltics, but I spend most of my time writing.
For a very long time, a good friend of mine named Jeannette kept saying that I should be writing books. I always loved writing and kept a journal on and off over the years. But I wasn’t sure that I had enough to say to write a whole book. Well, I’m now finding out that I have more than enough to say. And it’s been amazing to me that my books have been selling very nicely – both as ebooks and as paperbacks.
Once I saw that strangers would buy something that I’d written, I became motivated to write and write and write. I hope that you enjoy my books and that you look for my next books over the coming months.
All the best, Kate