Author: Jill Dobbe
Page count: 190
Genre: Travel Memoir
I am an author and overseas educator of 20 years. Since writing HERE WE ARE & THERE WE GO, my first memoir about my travels, I have lived in Cairo, Egypt; Gurgaon, India; and Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where I now work as an elementary principal and write on the side.
Tell us about your book:
It is a heartwarming travel memoir filled with temper tantrums, disorienting jetlag, and zany, once-in-a-lifetime family adventures of our ten years teaching in four different countries (Guam, Singapore, Ghana, Mexico) with our two small children.
One and a half years
What inspired you to write the book?
My husband actually gave me the idea. After we got back from living in our sixth country (India) and not knowing where we were going next, he told me I should write a book about our experiences, our stories, and what life has been like for us living around the world as overseas educators. I then thought, “Why not?”
Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
My research basically involved picking the brains of my two kids and husband. I also unearthed the journals and diaries that I kept from the early years when we first started teaching overseas and our kids were very young. Together we enjoyed reliving and rehashing the memories of our times living in Mexico, Ghana, Singapore, and Guam. Once I sat down and started writing I couldn’t stop. As a family we did it all and there was so much to include-the travel opportunities, experiencing different cultures, eating the strange foods, and visiting and seeing amazing sites around the world. Writing my memoir was a labor of love for me as it was all about my kids, my husband, and the amazing and interesting life we lived as overseas educators.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I hope that after reading my book people with or without kids will be motivated to take up traveling or even travel more. I hope that it also gives educators insight into all the amazing benefits that can be gained from working overseas, even if it is just for a year or two. I also hope that readers enjoy reading about our family dynamics and appreciate how as a family, we came away stronger as we only had each other to rely on during some of the tough times. Most importantly, I want readers to come away with the knowledge that traveling is the best education for children of all ages, instilling in them a love for adventure, respect for people of all cultures, and patience to handle life’s unpredictability.
Where can we go to buy your book?
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads
Any other links or info you’d like to share?
My author page is: www.facebook.com/JillDobbeAuthor
Publisher website: www.orangehatpublishing.com
Excerpt from book:
Who says you can’t travel with kids? Dan and I find out we can do just that as we set off with our two very young kids, first to live and work on an island far out in the Pacific, then on to the continent of Africa with a few stops in between. Armed with strollers, diapers and too much luggage, we travel to over twenty-five countries throughout a ten year span, while working together as overseas educators. After surviving typhoon Yuri, almost being mauled by lions, and nearly being shot by a presidential guard, we happily endure all of the good times and bad, while living life to the fullest. A decade’s worth of experiences and lifelong memories remain with us, as we return to the U.S., now with two teenagers in tow, and begin to experience our very own version of reverse culture shock.