Saturday, December 22, 2012

Meet Angie Dobson - Holly Jolly Blog Tour - Week 4


Welcome to week four of our Holly Jolly Blog Tour. My guest today is Angie Dobson. It’s very exciting to have a book reviewer as a guest on my blog this week! So, let's turn this right over to Angie and let her tell you a little about herself and her thoughts on handling her reading/reviewing, traveling and absent family member during the holiday season. Sooo, here’s Angie ….

I am Angie Dobson, reviewer for LoveRomancesandmore. I spend most of my time being a mom to a 9-month-old girl, who is getting ready for her first Christmas and her first international trip to spend the holidays with our family in England! I also work full time in the office of a gift shop manufacturer - can we say chaos this time of year? I am also a rep for a direct sales company called Lindt Chocolates - but enough about my day-to-day life; let's talk about my favorite things for this post!

How do you manage your writing/reading schedule with all the other activities around the holidays?

I don't! Once December 1st, hits, my life revolves around the holidays. I do everything I can to put everything else aside until January 2nd each year. I work full time for a high end gift shop manufacturer – we make robes, bath wraps, and baby products. We do more business in the first 3 weeks of December than we do all year around. My whole life becomes on big chaotic blur. I also travel for Christmas each year – anyone have any advice on traveling from the States to Europe with an infant – and all her gifts in tow?

How about traveling during the holidays: do you go visiting or have you in the past? What has that been like? Have there been any absent family members during the holidays ? How has it effected your writing; have you used any of that in your stories?

I would not know what life was like without traveling during the holidays. Since I got married 13 years ago, I have never spent Christmas Eve in my own bed. My husband's parents are in England, most of my family are in West Virginia…And we live in Eastern Pennsylvania. We try to alternate years with them, so we can still get in a summer vacation without feeling guilty! Most often someone is missing from our families, and of course we have loved one who have passed that each year we stop and remember. I think our experiences shape who we are, and even though I don't think I have referenced our holidays in anything I have written, it certainly shapes my mindset and feelings as I read and review a novel – making me feel more deeply, remember and smile at different things that others might just gloss over, or feel even stonger.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Angie. Now, Angie and I would like for those of you who have visited my blog to share your comments on Angie’s thoughts. Also, please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts on these questions. Every comment will give you a chance to win a fifty dollar Amazon gift certificate to be awarded at the end of our six week blog tour.

My thoughts on the above questions can be found on Regan Taylor’s blog this week - http://regantaylorsworld.blogspot.com . Also, you can visit all our wonderful blog hop authors and leave comments there to increase your chances to win the gift certificate.  They can be found as follows: 

Christine London - http://www.christinelondon.com

3 comments:

joye said...

Enjoyed reading the comments. I usually spend a week in San Diego after the holidays. We celebrate a belated Christmas. it is just as meaningful to us.
MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL

JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

Gina said...

Hi Sharon and Hi Angie! Your post was great, I loved reading about how you completely put your writing aside and focus on the holidays - me, too. Your travel schedule is quite packed, though! That's a lot of traveleing but I'm sure it's loads of fun. Thanks for sharing. Hugs and Merry Christmas :-)

Sharon Poppen said...

Angie, So much traveling! But, there is nothing like being with family, so enjoy. I liked your take on your priorities during the holiday season. Your daughter has a great mom. Thanks for sharing your holiday thoughts.