Tate James

Tate James

  1. Where are you from?

Originally from New Zealand, in a wine growing region called Hawkes Bay. Now, though, I live in Sydney which is where the old ball and chain is from.

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  1. When you published your first book, how did that make you feel? And do you still feel the same with other books you published?

I was shit scared. Like… I think I spent the entire day sitting in front of my computer hitting refresh on amazon to check rankings and average star rating etc…. I don’t even know if I got up to pee the entire time. LOL kidding, I totally would have got up to make coffee, BUT THAT”S IT!

Now… I’m not so scared but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t refreshing that browser roughly 16 times an hour…

  1. When you do a Co-writing, did you just say to the other writer, hey I like you let’s write something together?

CM and I started out co-writing mainly as a joke. We’d been “hanging out” (virtually of course) a lot and one day she needed to get some words done to meet a deadline but kept getting distracted by my inane banter, so she told me to sprint with her to help motivate. Trouble was, I had some serious writers block happening on Kit so was coming up blank. Instead, Caitlin said “just write anything.” Well, I do like to take these suggestions literally, so I started writing a story about sexy plumbers, which had been a running joke with us for a while. When I reached 1000 words I emailed it to her, giggled, and went to bed. The next morning, I opened my emails and she’d added the next scene to it and… well… the rest is history! 😀

  1. What do you think goldfish are thinking?

“It’s a nice day today—OH LOOK A SQUIRREL—we should write some words—STARBUCKS TIME—hey, do you think Reg should—maybe I’ll browse amazon—check rankings?—hang on I need to feed the cats—what were we doing again?”
Oh wait, that’s what Caitlin is thinking… I affectionately call her Goldie as she has the attention span of a Goldfish.

  1. Are you scared of something?

Windmills. Mark my words, those bastards are coming for us.

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  1. What would you say makes you you?

A healthy dose of sarcasm, wit, wine and coffee.

  1. Are there days you wished to be a man and so yes why?

No, women are the superior gender 😛

  1. If you made your own cocktail, what would be in it and how would you name it.

Fermented grapes and I would call it… Wine.

  1. Summer or winter? Which season do you like best?

Winter, oh dear foxes, WINTER! I am the approximate color of a slice of Wonder White bread so I don’t handle heat or sunshine well… I’m worse than a vampire, at least they sparkle! I just sweat and burn. (says me, in Sydney, in 39 degree heat.)

  1. What was the name of your first stuffed animal?

Pink Nose! See, I was logical and descriptive as a kid too!

  1. What did you want to be when you got older? (would never say grow up cause who wants to do that)

I wanted to be Supreme Court Justice of NZ.

  1. Who would your dream date be with?

Ummmmmm well…. Uhhhh…. #whychoose? Put a gun to my head and I will grudgingly choose Tom Hardy, Ian Sommerhalder and Stephen James.

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  1. If you haven’t always been a writer, what did you do before you were published?

Several things, I was a Travel Agent, I still own two bars and a restaurant with my husband, and I am a new-ish mum.

  1. Do you have a special place to write?

Nope, anywhere with coffee suits me fine!

  1. What is your biggest distractor during writing?

Caitlin. And Facebook.

  1. How long does it take you to normally write a book?

Depends on how hard I push myself, or how long it is. But anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months!

  1. If when co-writing if you don’t like what someone writes, how do you handle it?

It’s actually never happened? It tends to be more a case of “LOL what? Okay then…” and then you just… roll with it and make it work!

  1. Do you think that Pluto is still a planet?

Poor Pluto. It was just awfully rude to let him call himself a planet for all these years and then one day be all “sorry bro, got that one wrong.” Like… his entire existence is a lie!

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  1. If you could write about a certain time period which would it be?

Ooooh Crusades probably.

  1. Why did you start writing?

Borderline PPD after the birth of my son. I wasn’t coping, and I am not one to seek help from other or talk about feelings so I channeled it into what I considered a valuable use of my brain power and time.

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