Who, what and when.
My first article was published in 1998 in a small English-language newspaper called The Vienna Reporter, followed by its larger rival paper, Austria Today. After joining the National Union of Journalists in 2000, I began cutting my teeth as a researcher and writer in London and Vienna. This involved work for BBC Online, the London-based business intelligence site, Netimperative, and the British press agency, Central European News.
When I later took the plunge and "went freelance" I wrote regularly on expatriate issues for Expatica and the Expat Living section of The Telegraph group's international publication, The Weekly Telegraph.
In 2003, I moved to Germany and began a mixture of freelance work, specialising in research, article writing, voiceovers and English-language training. This involved writing for mainstream and specialist newspapers, magazines and websites, and narrating corporate films and documentaries.
After having spent the last two years in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and a year providing English training to the Bosch finance and corporate communications department, I now continue to provide writing and research services, alongside English-language training services to media workers, from northwestern Germany.