The Cafe welcomes Jamie Baywood today. Tell us a little about yourself, including something people might be surprised to learn.
I had bad dating experiences in California and read in a New Zealand tour book that the country’s population at 100,000 fewer men than women. I wanted to have some “me time” and an adventure. New Zealand seemed like a good place to do so. Although I went to New Zealand to avoid dating, I ended up meeting my husband.
2. What three things would you never leave home without?
- Drinking coffee before I leave.
- My phone.
- Nivea chapstick
When you’re not writing or reading, what’s your favorite way to kick back and relax?
I like to go running, hiking, do yoga and pilates. I’ve ran in 10K races in New Zealand, Scotland and England. In August, I ran 10K in York, England raising money for a friend with MS. I miss living near the beach, I used to go to the beach to relax or go boogie boarding.
Which writers inspire you?
I love Tama Janowitz, Elizabeth Gilbert, Edward Canfor-Dumas, and Tom Robbins.
Tell us a little about the premise of your book.
While living in New Zealand, I had funny experiences that I had trouble believing were true. I wrote the stories down to stay sane. I wrote situations down that were happening around me and shared them with friends. Publishing my book Getting Rooted in New Zealand was my way of transforming poison into medicine. I hope that it can help people that have had bad dating experiences or bad work experiences – make them laugh and not give up hope.
Tell us a little about your writing process. (Morning vs. evening, plotter vs. pantser, where you write, etc.)
Most of the book was written as the events happened; it just took me a few years to work up the nerve to publish. I constantly make myself notes. Over the summer in Wales, I was scribbling stories on the backs of maps and Google directions as a passenger in the car. I also send myself text messages or emails riding in trains or buses. It might not look like I’m writing a book if one was to observe me, but I am constantly watching, listening and thinking about writing.
Getting Rooted in New Zealand is available in paperback and ebook on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1482601907
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Jamie Baywood grew up in Petaluma, California. In 2010, she made the most impulsive decision of her life by moving to New Zealand. Getting Rooted in New Zealand is her first book about her experiences living there. Jamie is now married and living happily ever after in the United Kingdom. She is working on her second book.
Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country’s population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.