In the Hot Spot contains Inspiration, Information and Idiosyncrasies for Living Your Dream
Thanks for visiting this website. In the Hot Spot was created by Annabel Candy to feed her love of writing and to inspire people to share their secret life goals and make sure their dreams come true.
It may interest travel lovers, aspiring writers, parents, expats, and anyone who wants to move overseas, or wonders what it’d be like to start a new life abroad.
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About Annabel Candy – The Short Version
Annabel emigrated from the UK to New Zealand in 1996 where she and her husband, Rich, set up the Internet design company, Immedia. Eleven years later, with three kids, aged two, five and seven in tow they followed their dream of living in Central America and moved to Panama. The Candy family traveled around for six months and Annabel almost wrote a travel guide called “The Toilets of Central America”. They ended up living in Costa Rica for a year but in 2008 they moved countries and continents again, this time to Australia. Just thinking about it now wears Annabel out.
Annabel started In the Hot Spot to give other people an insight into traveling with a family and to document the trials and tribulations of moving overseas. She’s now living her dream in Queensland, Australia with her gorgeous husband and their three bright, good-looking and very well-traveled children. Her dream is simple: to live in a hot country, near a beautiful beach and divide her time between writing, family, surfing and soaking up the stunning natural beauty of her new home.
Writing Experience and Qualifications
Annabel has an MA in Design for Interactive Media and thirteen lucky years experience of copy writing for the Internet and designing websites. She specialises in writing web copy, writing for search engine optimisation, ghost blogging and writing email newsletters.
Annabel has two completed manuscripts, one fiction and one travelogue, and many loyal, appreciative readers.
Information for literary agents is now available.
Please email her (annabelcandy at gmail dot com) or leave a comment in the replies box below. She loves feedback or comments and looks forward to hearing from you.
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About Annabel – The Long Version
Annabel Candy has visited about 30 countries in the last 20 years. She was born in Leicestershire, England, but hasn’t lived there since she was 18 when she funded her first overseas trips by working as a nanny in France and in the USA. She then studied French and English at London University in between working in an East End pub to pay for trips to Wales, Scotland, France, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Holland and Turkey. After miraculously graduating, but still with no idea what she wanted to do apart from travel, she trained to teach English as a foreign language in order to feed her travel bug. Over the next five years she taught English and worked or traveled in Zimbawe, Malawi, Kenya, Thailand, Laos and Malaysia.
By this time she had met her husband-to-be, Rich, who told her about email and the Internet in 1995. They were living in Paris at the time and Rich got an email account then showed Annabel how people could now send people electronic messages instantaneously no matter where in the world they were. It sounded great but unfortunately they didn’t know one single other person who had email. How times have changed. Now it seems as if everyone on the planet has email, apart from Annabel’s mum and even she talks about getting it. It was in 1995 that Annabel, who’d just got a job as joint managing editor of a glossy English language magazine, realised that the computer age could leave her behind as she’d never even used a computer. So the duo returned to London where Annabel slayed her demons, went back to university, eventually got an MA in Design for Interactive Media and developed a new obsession for website and computer game design, with a particular fixation on ease of use and legibility.
By now Annabel and Rich were becoming jaded with living out of their backpacks and keeping stuff at their parents’ houses so they decided to officially emigrate and set up a new base from which they could continue to travel. They picked New Zealand, mainly because Rich’s sister already lived there and they thought having a close relative would gain them the two extra points they needed in order to satisfy the NZ immigration requirements. As it turned out they actually got three points by joining the Dunedin Darts Club, a clever little trick their immigration agency put them on to. Soon enough they were off to New Zealand for the first time, with a not so quick pit stop in India and Thailand en route.
On arrival they immediately bought a camper van and zoomed around New Zealand for several months before getting jobs in Wellington. Then life threw a curve ball at them and they discovered Annabel was pregnant. The next thing they knew ten years had flown by and they were living on a beautiful island with a successful Internet business and three energetic children. Life was perfect and they got married in Vanuatu but there wasn’t enough traveling going on and the sea was cold in New Zealand so they decided to move to Australia.
But then they got a sudden rush of blood to the head and, much to the consternation of their friends, family and children, decided to move to Panama in order to fulfill a mutual dream of visiting Central America and giving their kids the travel bug too. Either that or put them off traveling for life. Of course, they wanted to check out Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua as well, then even though they had vowed not to live in Costa Rica because it was too expensive and home to too many foreigners, that’s where they ended up.
Life in the southern zone of Costa Rica was fine once they got used to the regular home invasions by gargantuan insects, tiny hummingbirds, deadly snakes and confused bats. The kids all settled at local schools and learnt Spanish while Annabel concentrated on her writing, surfing, watching the monkeys and toucans and learning the lingo. But eventually they had to admit that they couldn’t make the jungle their permanent home as their kids’ education was suffering, so they set off back across the Pacific Ocean to Australia. They’ll always miss the jungle animals and uncrowded waves of Costa Rica but now hope to live happily ever after on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Or at least until the kids leave home. Their kids, now aged 10, 7 and 4, are reintegrating themselves back into normal society, while Rich sets up a new Internet development business and Annabel writes full time.
Not Too Small Print
I was going to refer to the Candy children as Large, Medium and Small because some people think even children deserve the right to have their identities protected. However, like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, I appear to be an exception.
This website is written and maintained by Annabel Candy, although some credit should be given to the lovely Rich Candy.
The stunning header was conceived and designed by Kate Harwood, probably one of the most talented graphic designers in the world and definitely proof that great things do come in small packages. Many thanks to Rich and Kate for all their help and support.
All content is copyrighted by Annabel Candy and anyone who wants to use it please get her permission to do so.