Author Spotlight no.144 – Jill Dobbe

Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the one hundred and forty-fourth, is of memoirist and travel writer Jill Dobbe.

JillJill Dobbe has been an educator for 25 years and an overseas educator for 18 of those years.  She has also recently become an author of a travel memoir.  Jill grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, USA, and has always been interested in travelling.  After earning a BS in Education she dreamed of going off into the world to become a teacher.  However, not long after college, she met her husband and found herself married and pregnant with her first child.  Her dream of travelling did not end however, and after two children, she and her husband, also an educator, moved from their small town across the world to an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  The life of teaching and living abroad began on that island and continued on for ten years.  Jill and her husband eventually moved to four different countries during those years.  Their children grew from toddlers into worldly teenagers, while all together they experienced safaris in South Africa, typhoons on Guam, and the Chinese New Year in Singapore.  Eventually, Jill returned to the U.S. with her family after literally moving around the world in those ten years.  As they settled back into American life, reverse culture shock set in and once again, they found themselves having to get used to another culture-the American culture.

Jill and her husband continue to live overseas and presently work at an American school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Their two children are now adults and their son has gone on to medical school and their daughter has followed both of them into overseas education.  She also currently works in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

And now from the author herself:

I have always loved to read and always packed a suitcase full of paperbacks when we moved.  I never considered writing my own book though, until my husband suggested it.

Here We Are - exterior - ver1JPGI wrote HERE WE ARE & THERE WE GO: Teaching and Traveling With Two Kids in Tow, a travel memoir about our ten years of living, working, and travelling overseas together.  I had a lot of stories to tell that were somewhat crazy, humorous at times, and even a little scary.  I wrote my memoir as a way to explain why we enjoy this crazy lifestyle, but also to advise couples who have children, that you really can travel with your kids and learn a lot more about the world than you thought you would.  Anyone can find something to relate to in my book; educators who are currently teaching overseas or those who are considering it, travelers with and without children, even the armchair travelers.

My book was really a labor of love for me as my family and I reminisced together about all of our adventures during those ten years, both good and bad.  We talked, laughed, and reminded each other of what we all went through, while I continuously wrote everything down transforming it into a travel memoir and dedicating it to my lifelong travelling companions, my husband and kids.

You can find more about Jill and her writing via…

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