Our Main Contributors

Kathy Roots

Kathy Roots

Kathy is an freelance content writer, an educator/ trainer and avid WordPress techie who has experienced almost 2 decades of living and working overseas. During this time Kathy has met a world of amazing people living extraordinary lives and doing extraordinary things.

"It is very easy to think of difference as something that separates us. But, if you choose to view cultural differences from a new perspective, then those differences can be the cement that binds us together and makes our shared world so unique and colourful. The world then becomes a huge, a rich tapestry to be explored and treasured.

Kathy is the editor of Life Fusion 101, and her desire is to bring rich culturally diverse stories together on one platform.

Mandy Facer

Mandy Facer

Born in Zambia, I'd lived in UK and moved to South Africa all before I was 4 or 5 and for the next 25 years or so life was good. I married, had two sons, enjoyed teaching, travelled around Europe for a year, got a black belt after three attempts and wrote a few maths text books.

In my 40s life threw a few curve balls hubby with cancer, divorce, bad tenants, emigration and some pretty scary challenges from my two sons. Following divorce I sold up, left my job, and with my 2 teenage boys, dog and cat moved us all to Cape Town to start over.

When my sons went to visit their dad, a buddy & I would head off to explore places like Malawi, Namibia. But, my real traveling started around my 50th birthday and this is where I will start my stories for Life Fusion 101.

Sarah Ronan

Sarah Ronan

Sarah is an educator and an Egyptian-American cook hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio. Born in the USA by married to an Egyptian Sarah has been cooking fusion style foods for the last 2 decades. She has lived and worked in the Middle East, Malaysia and the USA. Sarah hopes that you enjoy the recipes from her home kitchen that have fed her family of 6 for the past 20 years!

Debbie Dann

Debbie Dann

Debbie is a former university librarian and special projects manager. Following a downsizing Debbie found herself having to rethink her career. Although a cautious soul, she moved into an field of complete opposites. She is now proficient in investing in bullion and crypto currencies and enjoys the new freedom this offers her.

Fatin Mhd Husni

Fatin Mhd Husni

Fatin is a creative writer who was trained under the supervision of Malaysian poet and writer, Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof. She studied Comparative and General Literature at The University of Edinburgh for her Master degree and it was here that her interest in travel writing developed as she reading travel and migrant literature by British Muslim authors to help cope with culture shock and homesickness experienced while living in Scotland.

Inspired by the writing of Leila Aboulela and Nadeem Aslam, Fatin demonstrates an ability to embrace ‘foreignness’ to discover familiarity in the sometimes strange places she travels. Some of her poems have been published in Asian Centre Anthropology of Malaysian Poetry in English (2014).

Umasree Sockalingam

Umasree Sockalingam

Umasree is a former teacher who has worked in China and France, as well as in her home country of Malaysia.

She is now a counsellor and manages her website www.cinamonandspice.com where she reveals her family's traditional recipes, and special spice and herb blends, along with her own version of Indian and Asian fusion cuisine.

Brenda Martin

Brenda Martin

Brenda is a former UK teacher and deputy head of a outer-London, multi-cultural school. She has been busier in her post retirement years and has spent the past 7 years living in Malaysia where she has been training Malaysian primary school teachers. Now having retired to southern Spain she still travels the globe but enjoys a slightly slower pace and spending time with her grandchildren.

Linda Sage

Linda Sage

Linda is a renowned motivational speaker, trainer, coach and author. She has lived and worked in Europe, the US and the Middle East. Linda’s empathy and understanding of struggle, both personal and professional, has fuelled her passion for learning from others and in turn empowering others.

"There are many bullies, negative wizards and hob-nail boots to trample on your aspirations, but learning that we have the power to shrug off their influence and have the life we choose is personal freedom!"

Linda’s passion for practically opening your mind to being, doing and having what you want in your life has been her driving force for over 3 decades of programme delivery and personal coaching.

Azie Nooryakin

Azie Nooryakin

Although Azie's background is in Communication Management and Policy her real love and passion is baking. Inspired by her idol Datuk Chef Redzuawan, globally known as Chef Wan, Azie has been running her own baking business since 2015, starting with small snacks. She now cooks on a larger scale - although still part-time and sells a variety of cookies and cakes.

Azie goes to great lengths to choose the finest ingredients and gives special attention to the preparation of her mouthwatering pastries. It is Azie's dream to sell her Malaysian products on the global market. And, she bakes with the aim of bringing smiles to the faces of all her customers.

Kourtni Lind-Watson

Kourtni Lind-Watson

Kourtni Lind-Watson is a performer and choreographer with 25 years of dance training and over a decade of professional experience across the country and worldwide.

Kourtni has a separate passion for writing and academia that she nurtures alongside her current career path. You can find her essays published on The Odyssey platform (theodysseyonline.com) with topics ranging from honeybees to faith to intersectionality and all the way to the sometimes terrifying dichotomy that is the dance competition scene in America.