I am back home in Maryland, after seven years of living as an expat in Saudi Arabia. I caught the travel bug late, but I made up for lost time, visiting over a dozen new countries while I lived overseas. I love doing the kind of sightseeing that plunges me into new cultures, new cuisines, new ways of thinking and living, and I hope to do more of it. Middle Eastern expat life, too, was an interesting conundrum to consider--it's neither American nor particularly Arabic. This so-called "Third Culture" has its own charms and challenges. Writing about my experiences as a traveler and as a happily settled expat, was a way for me to process what I experienced and to share it. My blog will evolve as I settle back into home life in my beautiful home state. Who knows what's next? Life is long, and full of surprises!
Writing about Ocean City while I was living in Saudi Arabia was a great antidote to homesickness. I wrote my two Ocean City novels while I lived there, and some of my Maryland memories were whimsically inflated, just like the stories we tell about our own exploits back in the day: they get more farfetched with every telling. But the affection I have for the people, the food, the attitude, the sheer fun of Ocean City is real, and it got me through the culture shock that will probably always be a part of expat life. My third novel is in progress. What will it be like, writing about Ocean City while I'm right here? We shall see.
Kim Kash is the author of two novels in the Jamie August series: Ocean City Cover-up (2015) and Ocean City Lowdown (2013). She also wrote the bestselling Ocean City: A Guide to Maryland's Seaside Resort (2009), and is currently working on the next installment in the Jamie August series. Kim is the communications coordinator for the University of Maryland School of Public Health.