I have a home in Arizona and spend half the year there, escaping the British winter to enjoy the sunshine south of Tucson, not far from the Mexican border. I have a Green Card, and so with a base in the States I can travel and work there as much as I like. Which I do!
I’ve written many newspaper and magazine pieces about subjects including Hank Williams’s Alabama, the Unclaimed Baggage Center, the road to McCarthy in Alaska, Orlando’s ‘gators, Tampa’s wildlife by canoe, the Grand Canyon, Memphis, Nashville, Kentucky, New Orleans, Colorado, New Mexico, and movie locations in Mississippi… which gave me the chance to dine with Morgan Freeman. For The Times I’ve also written a Gumshoe’s Guide to the USA and sampled the biggest wine cellar in the world, which is not in France but in Tampa, Florida.
My wife Donna Dailey and I publish a website devoted to the Pacific Coast Highway and we have driven every mile of the highway from San Diego to Seattle, so I’m also well-acquainted with California, Oregon and Washington. We updated the PCH drive and other classic American drives, for Insight’s On the Road USA book.
I’ve also Anglicised text for US publishers while my wife Americanizes text for UK publishers. We also edit the 101 USA Holidays website.
Me and My Mate Morgan