The official website of West Australian writer, Emily Paull. Emily writes short stories and historical fiction, and is the author of Well-Behaved Women (Margaret River Press, 2019.) Debut novel The Dreamers to be publihsed March 2025 by Fremantle Press.
Disclaimer- I, Emily, have not read Jamie's book yet. Jamie very kindly contacted me to tell me that she liked my blog and I really like her story of finding love accidentally on her travels. I hope you will too! Take it away Jamie...
It was always
my dream to live abroad when I was growing up in California. 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
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.
of the first people I meet was Colin Mathura-Jeffree from New Zealand’s Next
Top Model. I had no idea who he was or that he was on TV when I meet him. He is
friends with my former flatmate. We had a steep staircase that I kept falling
down. Colin taught me to walk like a model so I wouldn’t fall down the stairs.
New Zealand, I had a lot of culture shock. One of the most memorable
moments was learning the meaning of the Kiwi slang word “rooted.” One night I
was brushing my teeth with my flatmate and I said, ‘I’m really excited to live
in this house because I have been travelling a lot and I just need to settle
down, stop traveling and get rooted’. He was choking on his toothbrush and
asked me if I knew what that meant because it had a completely different
meaning New Zealand than it does in the States.
I had the
opportunity to write and perform for Thomas Sainsbury the most prolific
playwright in New Zealand. I performed a monologue about my jobs in the
Basement Theatre in Auckland. The funny
thing about that experience was Tom kept me separated from the other performers
until it was time to perform. I was under the impression that all the
performers were foreigners giving their experiences in New Zealand. All of the other performers were professional
actors telling stories that weren’t their own. At first I was mortified, but
the audience seemed to enjoy my “performance,” laughing their way through my
monologue. After the shows we would go out and mingle with the audience. People
would ask me how long I had been acting. I would tell them, “I wasn’t acting; I
have to go to work tomorrow and sit next to the girl wearing her dead dog’s
collar around her neck.”
I love making people laugh more than
anything else. I feel very grateful when readers understand my sense of humor.
I plan to divide my books by the countries I’ve lived in. My next book will be
about attempting to settle in Scotland.
book Getting Rooted in New Zealand:
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
author Jamie Baywood:
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