Meet the Author

 

BillieBatesWhen not writing, daydreaming, or chasing after her kids, Billie can be found tending her organic vegetable garden, practicing yoga, or hiding in California from the bitter cold; usually with chocolate, coffee, a martini, or a chocolate coffee martini, perched on her lips.

postcard_parisQ: Top 5 travel destinations?

The French Riviera, Positano Italy, The Swiss Alps, Tropical North Queensland, and Paris. I’m a little obsessed with Paris. I have Parisian postcards, notebooks, cushions, and pictures, but I think it’s more for the sense of romance and excitement evoked by the idea of Paris, rather than the city itself.

Q: Must-have beauty product?

I’ve tried it all, from Crème del a Mer to La Prairie, but nothing feels as good on my skin as raw coconut oil. I use it for everything from makeup remover to face and body moisturizer. I even cook with it.

Q: What’s your fashion style?

My husband calls me ‘Flashdance’ — apparently I have a lot of tops that come off one shoulder! But I’d like to think my style is BoHo Chic. I’m definitely most comfortable in jeans or a maxi-dress, maybe a chunky accessory. That’s if I manage to get out of my yoga pants for the day.  😉 Being a stay-at-home mum and a writer tends to limit your fashion options to ‘comfy at the computer’ and ‘what will hide food stains?’

Q: Favorite books?

My favorite chick lit books are Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding, Jemima J, by Jane Green, and Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella. They were my first introduction to the whimsical world and sassy tone of chick lit and what inspired me to write in this genre.

Non chick-lit favorites are Way of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman, and The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle.

Q: Any real life chick lit stories? 

Hmmm. Well, my husband’s mother set us up. That sounds like a premise for a novel, right there!  I met Mama Bates on a yoga teacher training course in Santa Barbara. After 3 weeks of avoiding the topic, I finally caved and gave her my email address to give to her son. As it turns out, she was right. We were perfect for each other.

yogaQ: Want to share 5 bonus facts?

  • • I’m a certified Yoga teacher.
  •  • I have two tattoos; a small Sanskrit OM symbol on my shoulder and a combined sun/moon on my hip.
  • • I’m addicted to soy lattes and dark chocolate. I try to give them both up, daily.
  • • As well as chick lit novels, I’ve written six screenplays and a collection of humorous essays.
  • • I had my first child using the Hypno-birthing method (no drugs, not even gas), which meant about 24 hours of excruciating pain and 2 years of post partum depression. With my second child I had the epidural booked in my second trimester, just to be on the safe side. 😉

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