The Birth of a Writer Took 50 Years

By Kathleen Jones, The Quirky Novelist. Please sign up for free updates at ‪http://eepurl.com/ceSobT 

Above: Kathleen Jones (front row, fourth from right) in Mrs. Eleanor Campbell’s grade 2 class at Central Public School in Windsor, Ontario, in 1967-68.

1967 was a landmark year, a year I’ll always remember. It was Canada’s 100thbirthday . . . and my birth date as a writer.

That fall, I was a 7-year-old entering the second grade at Central Public School in Windsor, Ontario. Up to that point, I had never thought of becoming a writer; in fact, I had never even written anything, even though I was already an enthusiastic reader. I wasn’t even much of a student and didn’t put much effort into my schoolwork.

All that changed when I entered the classroom of veteran teacher Mrs. Eleanor Campbell. An excellent teacher—and a strict disciplinarian—she motivated me to work hard, and my grades dramatically improved. And she made me aware of a talent that I didn’t know I had.

That fall, Mrs. Campbell gave our class a number of creative writing assignments. Even though I wasn’t the hardest-working student at that point, I put a great deal of effort into my writing. I soon discovered that I really enjoyed making up stories and characters, and I didn’t view these assignments as “work” at all. To my surprise, Mrs. Campbell loved my stories and often asked me to read them out loud to the class. She even told my parents that I would become “a famous Canadian author” someday.

Gradually, I began to think of myself as a writer, and throughout my school years, from grade 2 until I graduated from university, I continued to receive encouragement from teachers and professors for my creative writing. Alas, when it came time to earn a living, I had to put my dream of becoming a published writer on hold . . . but I never gave it up entirely. I started writing again at 46, and sold my first novel to a publisher at 57—my 50-year-old dream finally came true.

Mrs. Campbell passed away years ago, but I’ll always be grateful for her for recognizing my talent and inspiring my dream.

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NEW RAVE REVIEW FOR “LOVE IS THE PUNCH LINE”!

5 Stars

Reviewed by Claire LeNoir on Amazon, July 8, 2019: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Punch-Line-Kathleen-Jones-ebook/dp/B07BYNX7BM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Love+Is+the+Punch+Line&qid=1567360042&s=books&sr=1-1

A different kind of romance

July 8, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

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“Love is the Punch Line” is a well-crafted story, at times charming and at time exasperating (in a good way) novel about romance between two mismatched people, Josh and Holly. Both see themselves through self-critical eyes and fear they are over the hill and undesirable. It’s a refreshing change from romances between young and perfect people, and I enjoyed reading it, though I often found myself wanting to shake Josh, the lead male character (who seems to be based upon a Rodney Dangerfield type of stand-up comic). Just when I want to wash my hands of Josh, he becomes so vulnerable and soft-hearted that I understand why someone–like Holly, the leading lady–could actually love him.

There’s a heartwarming segment where one of his fellow stand-up comics dies, and Josh struggles with his grief and confronts his own failings. It’s revealing of Josh’s character, and adds a poignant twist to the story, though it is not a main plot line.

Josh often does his best to ruin their relationship with his comedic digs at Holly, even after he realizes she is a sensitive person and easily wounded. His troubled history with women seems to drive him to test–or destroy–the relationship. Unlike the typical genre romance male lead, he is often his own worst enemy and his insecurities often seem insurmountable.

Unlike the traditional romance, it’s never really clear if this couple will have their “happy ever after.” And that adds to the appeal of this love story because it is not formulaic and there is a “what will happen next” tension that carries through the story. The author does a great job of taking on the romance genre and creating something fresh and intriguing out of it. In other words, romance genre readers will still like it, but non-romance genre readers will also find much to enjoy in the book. Which is to say, in many ways, it transcends genre boundaries.

Oh, and yes–the screen play Josh writes is a nicely played as a strong thread in the story. Will it ever be made into a movie? Will it refresh his lagging career? Is Holly’s belief in the screen play enough to carry them through the challenges? Read it and see!

Complex, original within the romance genre, and entertaining.

New 5-Star Review for “Love Is the Punch Line” from Bernie Brown, posted on Goodreads on June 2, 2019

(see https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37507307-love-is-the-punch-line?from_search=true)

Kathleen Jones sets up an original situation when a has-been comedian and a very attractive woman in his audience fall for each other. Much of their courting takes place during his performances when he makes one liners about her on-stage and she answers back from her table. Jones excels at descriptions of settings, whether they are the seedy clubs Josh performs in or the stunning natural beauty of Canada. Read Jones’ clever tale to discover if romance can blossom under these unusual circumstances.

NEW 5-STAR REVIEW FOR LOVE IS THE PUNCH LINE!

Posted on Amazon by R. Radway on June 11, 2019

(https://www.amazon.com/Love-Punch-Line-Kathleen-Jones/product-reviews/1945181338/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_paging_btm_next_2?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews&pageNumber=2)

Format: Kindle Edition

A good romantic read with a comedy side. Loved it!!