Today we have an interview with Jamie Baywood, author of Getting Rooted in New Zealand! Jamie's book details her move from California to New Zealand and all the crazy adventures she's had on both sides of the world, including running away to avoid men for a while and accidentally meeting her husband in the process. Check out the synopsis:
“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.”
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m from California. For the past three years, I’ve been disassembling and reassembling my life by moving to different countries. I’ve lived in five countries now; America, American Samoa, New Zealand, Scotland and now England.
What, in a nutshell, drove you to move to New Zealand?
It was always my dream to live abroad when I was growing up in California. I didn’t feel like I could grow there anymore. I felt stifled and was completely bombarded by crazy guys trying to date me. 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 intended to have a solo adventure I ended up meeting my husband in New Zealand.
Before picking up and moving halfway across the world, what was the most impulsive thing you'd ever done?
After I graduated from university, I went to Costa Rica for five days, but that was about it. I always studied a lot as a student, got good grades and worked for four years without taking any holidays before I went to New Zealand. It was an impulsive decision to go to New Zealand, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
It was shockingly easy to relocate to New Zealand literally a few weeks after I made the decision. It only took a couple of weeks for my work visa to go through. I was 26, single, I quit my job, I moved out of a little cottage I was renting and put the few things I had at my mom’s house and brought a suitcase with me to New Zealand.
If things aren’t working out for you at home with relationships, instead of staying at home crying that you’re single, consider yourself free. You are free to do whatever you want.
Why did you decide to write Getting Rooted in New Zealand?
I consider myself an accidental author. I didn’t go to New Zealand with the intentions of writing a book about my experiences there. 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. The stories made people laugh so I decided to organize the stories into a book and publish in the hopes to make others laugh too.
Is there a message you hope readers take away after reading about your time in New Zealand?
I don’t consider myself a representative of America and I don’t consider my book a representation of New Zealand. It’s my dairy, not a travel guide. 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!
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