Kathleen Jones fulfils childhood dream of becoming a novelist
Toronto resident Kathleen Jones is the author of Love is the Punch Line. – Dan Pearce/Metroland
Love is the Punch Line by Kathleen Jones. – Dan Pearce/Metroland
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Ever since Kathleen Jones was in Grade 2, she has always wanted to write a novel.
But her dream never came true — until now.
In April, the 58-year-old Victoria Park and Eglinton area resident’s first novel, Love is the Punch Line, was published.
The midlife romantic comedy tells the story of a washed-up 54-year-old comedian’s relationship with a 50-year-old businesswoman.
I’m not trying to stay within a genre; I’m just trying to write the best and most interesting story I can come up with. — Kathleen Jones, author of “Love is the Punch Line.”Jones sat down with Metroland Media Toronto recently for an interview about her book and new career.
It has been edited for length and clarity.
Q: How did you become an author?
A: I was always good at writing stories but the problem was when I graduated university, I knew how to make a living and I knew it was hard to make a living as a fiction writer. Also I was just too intimidated to try, so I put it off and until midlife and worked instead as an editor at a number of Canadian book publishers. In my mid-40s, I decided to try writing again. I wrote a novel part-time and it wasn’t any good, so I gave up. Then in my early 50s, I had this idea for a novel … this took about three-and-a-half years and by this time I was in my mid-50s. The company where I was working offered me an early retirement package and I took it because my dream was to write.
Q: Where did you come up with the idea for this novel?
A: When I was in middle school, I had a romance with a Jewish boy. I didn’t date him, but he used to flirt with me by making fun of me but I knew he was flirting. He was the class clown, so I guess at some point I thought this personality would be a great basis for a novel. I let my imagination go and before long I changed him from a 12-year-old class clown to a middle age standup comedian.
Q: What do you enjoy about writing?
A: It’s fun to let my imagination go. It’s fun to express what I feel and think and create characters.
Q: What are your goals as an author?
A: I’m trying to come up with stories that are fresh and original. I try to be as honest as possible in the novels … I’m not trying to stay within a genre; I’m just trying to write the best and most interesting story I can come up with.