Nov 22, 2013

Interview with Jamie Baywood, Author of Getting Rooted in New Zealand

17863572Getting Rooted in New Zealand
Author: Jamie Baywood
Release Date: April 21st, 2013
Publisher: Herself
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback, E-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.
About the Author

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.

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Interview with the Author
1. What do you miss most from living in New Zealand?  

After living in New Zealand for over a year, I moved to Scotland as the fiancée of a Scottish man I met in New Zealand. For unwanted and complicated reasons we had to move to England last September. It was devastating to have to move out of Edinburgh, Scotland to Sheffield, England last year for my husband graduate school. We will have to live here until summer 2014. I’ve never lived this far inland before. It makes me feel claustrophobic to be so far away from the ocean. I desperately miss the ocean and being warm at the beach.

Some of my dearest friends in the world are in New Zealand. Although it is technically not home to me or my Scottish husband, it feels like home to us as a couple because that is where we met. We have been feeling homesick for New Zealand and really miss our friends there. I really miss the warm, friendly nature of the people in the South Pacific. If money and visas weren’t an issue, (which they very much are) I’d love to go summer to summer between Edinburgh, Scotland and Auckland, New Zealand.  

2. When writing your book, was there any part of the book that was difficult for you to write?    

I know my experiences in New Zealand are unusual, but to be completely honest it was an improvement from my life in California. Surprisingly, I seem to be getting the best feedback from people living in New Zealand both Kiwis and non-Kiwis. I have received very kind emails from New Zealanders saying they enjoyed reading my book, they are looking forward to reading the next one and some encourage me to move back to New Zealand.  

I love making people laugh more than anything else. I love hearing from readers that my book is making people laugh out loud. The hardest part has been when people don’t understand my humour. I have been in a lot of situations where I had two choices: laugh or cry. I’ve chosen to laugh. I write my experiences from a purely personal standpoint. Compared to other travellers who worked abroad in New Zealand my experiences have been very unusual. I would highly recommend everyone goes to New Zealand to experience their own adventure.  

I think readers need to remember this is the dairy of a young, hormonal and confused twenty-something, this is not a travel guide to New Zealand. I am sincerely appreciative of everyone that has read Getting Rooted in New Zealand. I’m absolutely grateful that readers are enjoying the book and reviewing it positively. I love making people laugh. I hope you enjoy Getting Rooted in New Zealand!   

3. Since living in the UK now, I am sure you like Harry Potter. What house do you feel you would be sorted into?

We’ve actually lived in two different countries in the United Kingdom after leaving New Zealand; Scotland and now England. After living in Edinburgh, Scotland I can understand how J. K. Rowling was inspired writing Harry Potter. I lived above a used bookshop that looked like where Harry would have bought his school supplies.  The Elephant House, a café where J. K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book was just around the corner from us. I was able to see a lot of Scotland and travelled to the Highlands and saw the Glenfinnan Viaduct that was also used in the Harry Potter movies.    

4. Can you tell us anything about the new book you are now writing?  

I plan to divide my books by the countries I’ve lived in. My next book will be about attempting to settle in Scotland. I plan to publish it late 2014.   

5. When you are not working on writing your new book, what do you spend your free time doing?

I like running, pilates and yoga.    

6. Is there anything else you would like to say to my readers?  

Publishing my book 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.  I had good, bad and weird experiences in New Zealand and California. My experiences have turned me into a writer and I am extremely grateful for that.  People that read it either seem to think it’s hilarious or horrifying and I respect all points of view.  I hope my book Getting Rooted in New Zealand makes you laugh!  


I hope you all enjoyed the Interview! Jamie is such a wonderful person and by what I have heard, her book is very good and hilarious! It is on my Christmas wishlist for sure!

Thank you for the Interview, Jamie!

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