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American reporter in Turkey Brooks Emerson asked me about the foreign edge, and the challenges of finding my niche in Turkey for his series on expat success stories in national English-language newspaper Today’s Zaman.

In the far-ranging interview, Emerson asks me what the initial impetus for my success as an expat was, and how I’ve evolved.

No surprise to those who know me, foreign language adoption has not played much of a role — once I realized that taking business meetings and doing live television interviews in Turkish literally was rendering me mute! But mentoring in all realms of my personal and professional life has been a “secret weapon” in the creative entrepreneurship of self that I aim to practice.

Emerson asks me how the environment affects the outcome of an expat’s endeavors. I tell him how sense of place can inspire a sense of self.

“Anastasia says that she has always been attracted to places with an amalgamation of people and cultures. However, the biggest pull is “the idea of crossroads … like Rome, where [she] studied in college … and now here on the Bosporus,” where she senses a positive energy and vibration for self-discovery and reinvention.

“Anastasia believes that working and living abroad is an excellent way to discover new self-potential.

Read Emerson’s entire July 2011 interview “The global niche of Anastasia Ashman” online.

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Lowering traditional barriers and raising your game: I’m thrilled and honored to be featured in Chantal Panozzo’s WriterAbroad Interview series (April 2010).

I join fellow expat and global nomad authors like the Petite Anglaise blogger-turned-novelist Catherine Sanderson in France, veteran Expat Expert publisher Robin PascoeMaya “The New Global Student” Frost in Argentina, and Alan Paul, the Wall Street Journal’s “The Expat Life” columnist based in China.

Chantal — an American in Switzerland whose work appears in the dysfunctional family Chicken Soup anthology with mine, and guest posted last week at expat+HAREM – asks how to connect with a reading audience back home.

People abroad have often turned to writing when other options for work and expression were limited. It tends to be alocation-independent profession and pasttime.

Technology and the times now challenge writers abroad to do even more. Because we can – and must.

We can make a bigger impact with less resources. Plus, even if we wanted to, we can no longer depend solely on high-barrier traditional routes.  We writers are now producers, and directors, and engineers of content.

Revisiting all my entertainment projects in development in this new light: how to tell the story of my ‘forensic memoir of friendship’ using 25-years worth of multimedia? Can two screenplays be converted to enhanced ebooks for iPhone or iPad — incorporating images, sound, text — or even made into a graphic novel?

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Talking about foreign women in modern Turkey, the making of Expat Harem the book, and other cultural crossroads, in a live television interview with Turkey’s 6 News.

Expat Harem coeditors Jennifer Gokmen and I appear in THE CROSSROADS, an English-language TV talk show broadcast out of Istanbul via satellite — from Ireland to Mongolia!  The channel broadcasts programs in Turkish, English and Russian, which is why the news crawl appears in Russian.

Click on the photo to view Expat Harem on the Crossroads at YouTube. ⇒

Canadian host and personality Martin Anthony kept us on the hot seat for an hour in this lively session…we may be sitting next to a refreshing-looking pool in the city’s breezy Etiler district, but can you tell it’s the muggiest day of the year? Ooof, July 10, 2009.

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When America’s most popular morning talk show came to Istanbul in 2008, they asked me and my fellow Expat Harem editor to explain Turkey to five million Americans.

Here, Jennifer Gokmen and I talk with NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer in front of the Haghia Sophia, a 1,500 year old architectural wonder of the world, on a breezy May first.

If the embedded video doesn’t work for you, you can view this interview here
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