Sam Pease (Rhymes with "Please")
Sam Pease is the #1 bestselling author of "Date Like A Dude" and "Eat Less Crap, Lose That Fat" the revolutionary new gym-free diet that show readers how to lose weight easily, while still eating the foods they love.
Represented by: Veronica Park
Q: You are the #1 bestselling author of "Date Like A Dude". What kind of research went into figuring out whether he's a sleeper, a creeper or a keeper?
Sam: I’ve been anecdotally “researching” all my life so I’ve had years of [clears throat] hands-on experience… I’ve made all the mistakes so readers don’t have to…I love talking about dating, whether it’s counselling and encouraging friends,
advising strangers, gossiping with colleagues or obsessing over dating shows on television.
Q: In your first book, Eat Less Crap, Lose That Fat, you inspire readers to get slim without the gym. What’s one tip you can give us about healthy eating?
Sam: I love eating and hate working out so I invented a diet that shows people how to get slim without the gym. One of my favourite discoveries was that if you leave two mouthfuls from every meal and snack you can lose 1-3 pounds a week. It worked for me; I lost 62 pounds in 5 months without setting foot in a gym and I still ate carbs, cheese and
chips most days. My book is filled with lazy girl diet tips like this.
Q: You call yourself an ethnic stir-fry. What went into the making of Sam Pease?
Sam: I was born in England and raised in New Zealand, but I’m a composite of 9 Eurasian African ethnicities - English, Xhosa, French, Indonesian, Irish, German, Cantonese, South African and Javanese. I also call myself a fruit salad. I look forward to the day there’s a supercombo box to tick on Census forms…
Q: What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?
Sam: Books. Are. Everything. Amazing books help you understand the world and make sense of the exquisite mess in one’s own head. I once complained to my mother that I’d read everything in the local library. She suggested reading them all again. Clearly I’m from a bookish family… I’m delighted that my son reads like wildfire, but I guess if I taught basketball for a living he’d probably be a baller…
Q: What do you think most characterizes your writing?
Sam: My innate disregard for rules. So, I’m cheeky. And naughty. And sassy. The publishers of Date Like A Dude told me not to censor my writing but when they read the final draft, they blushed. And I’d held back…
Q: What are some day jobs that you have held? If any of them impacted your writing we'd love to hear an example.
Sam: I’ve had a hundred jobs so I became an author through a process of elimination… It was the only job in writing left…
I was a speechwriter for the Prime Minister of NZ (our President), a television journalist, a TV presenter/host, a radio newsreader, a producer, an internal communications consultant, an event manager, a director, a publicist, a
production manager, an editor’s assistant, a sponsorship manager… the list goes on…
Q: How did you get to be where you are in your life today?
Sam: Through perseverance. Being stubborn is not always a bad thing… I’ve been through more life shocks and hard times than one could imagine so to still be driven and ambitious genuinely amazes me. Success isn’t about talent; it’s about not giving up. Whenever I doubt my writing ability, I Google Madonna lyrics. And then I think I’m a genius. Ha.
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