From JuliAnne Murphy
I’m JuliAnne Murphy. My writing career started officially in July 2011, when I discovered that writing was really what made me the happiest in all the things I was doing. I started a blog to get some practice and little by little, my writing took off. Five years later, I’ve stepped out from behind my pseudonym, Elizabeth Vance, to launch my official writing career under my birth name. That’s what you’ll find here on this site.
I write on a number of topics: inspiration, living abroad as an expat in Panama, living abroad as an expat in Costa Rica and compositions based on my experiences. Everything I write about is based on my own life in some shape or form. Reality inspires me – the ups and downs, the twists and turns, the highs and lows. That’s what I write about, because that’s what makes for the best stories.
When I’m not writing, consulting or traveling, you’ll find me at home on the coast of Costa Rica, hard at work on my third book.
Thanks again for your interest in supporting me on this new chapter of my writing career. I appreciate your interest and your support. See more of my writing at The Panama Gringo Guide and La Pura Vida Costa Rica
I wish you the very best along the journey that comprises the story of your life.
A few comments some of my readers have left online on my first two books.
“I read the whole thing without being able to put it down, you truly have a gift.”
“Laugh out loud funny!”
~ Wider Vision Publishing, Australia
“A very honest, reflective review…Buy it if you want something even handed.”
~ Allan D. Rettke
Other books give you the nuts and bolts of moving to Panama; The Gringo Guide to Panama: What to Know Before You Go goes beyond that. It walks you through the rest of the story... the nuances of the culture and the idiosyncrasies of the lifestyle you'll find today in Panama, in a pragmatic, straightforward way. What you'll read here will help manage your expectations, begin to understand the country, assimilate and settle more quickly in Panama.
Before you decide if Panama is right for you, or plan to travel, move, or retire to Panama, read The Gringo Guide to Panama II: More to Know Before You Go. Take advantage of these valuable insider insights from a seasoned expat who’s moved, adapted, acclimated and fallen in love with life in Panama over the past six years. Funny, direct and unembellished, this new release includes several additional topics about Panama, as requested by her readers and followers online (including gems that did not make it into the first book).