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, amongst other things, I’ve written a Gumshoe’s Guide to the USA, explored Alaska, done a driving tour through Colorado and sampled the biggest wine cellar in the world, which is not in France but in Tampa, Florida.
I’ve written the Explore Miami guide for Insight Guides, and updated their big Florida guide too. I also contributed to their USA On the Road guide, the research for which took my wife and I along about 6,000 miles of highways and back roads.
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.
Take a look at some of my USA features at the bottom of the page.
Me and My Mate Morgan in Clarksdale, Mississippi