NEW KATHLEEN JONES AUTHOR PROFILE!

 

Check out this new author profile on Kathleen Jones, author of Love Is the Punch Line, on author Christopher D. Schmitz’s blog, Inside the Inkwell:

 

Author Feature: Kathleen Jones

Posted on February 22, 2019 by authorchristopherdschmitz

 

https://authorchristopherdschmitz.wordpress.com/2019/02/22/author-feature-kathleen-jones/#more-4507

 

A graduate of the University of Toronto and Ryerson University’s Certificate in Publishing Program, Kathleen Jones toughed it out in the corporate world for over thirty (long) years, chiefly as an editor for various Canadian book publishers. Some of the time, she had the opportunity to do the type of work that she enjoyed . . . but too all often, she didn’t. Towards the end of her corporate career, the type of work that interested and challenged Kathleen began to slip away, and she became less and less happy.

Then one day, Kathleen realized something: creative, out-of-the box thinkers like her didn’t belong in the corporate world, and if she wanted “meaningful” work, she’d have to create it for herself.

That was when Kathleen decided to pursue the only work that she’d ever really wanted to do since she was a child: the work of a novelist!

 

Tell us about your stories:

I published my first novel, “Love Is the Punch Line,” with Moonshine Cove in April 2018. The novel is a quirky, funny, and somewhat serious midlife romance set in the world of standup comedy. I am currently working on a second novel.

 

What kind of success have you had?

Against great odds, I was able to sell my first novel to a publisher. Once the novel was published, it received a number of 5-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Also, a number of middle-aged readers were happy to find a romance novel featuring characters their own age; far too many romance novels are based around young, beautiful, and rich people.

Are your characters pure fiction or based on something/someone.

Some of my characters are loosely based on real people. However, I usually base them on more than one real person.

 

Give us an insight into a time you wrote a scene with feeling.

Josh Steinberg, a plump, balding, and middle-aged male standup comedian who has been unlucky in love, spies Holly Brannigan, an attractive middle-aged woman, while performing his act in a comedy club. When Holly’s cell phone accidentally rings, Josh confronts her, and Holly, who’s also attracted to Josh, becomes upset and throws a glass of water into his face. Holly retreats to the washroom to cry, but when she emerges, Josh is waiting for her. He apologizes for getting angry, she invites him out for a drink, then she takes him home with her . . .

 

Final Thoughts?

This novel appeals to a much broader audience than the traditional audience for romance novels: the characters are realistic and complex, and the book has both strong male and female characters. In other words, it doesn’t fit neatly into the romance genre, or into any one genre.

 

BOOK SIGNING AT EGLINTON SQUARE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED!

Meet author Kathleen Jones!

Kathleen Jones will be signing copies of her novel Love Is the Punch Line at:

  • Indigo Spirit: First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Toronto, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12 noon to 2 p.m.
  • Coles: Eglinton Square Mall (Victoria Park and Eglinton), Toronto, Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Free E-Book on Library Thing Until March 1, 2019!

Celebrate the month of love—Valentine’s Day—with this warm and funny romantic novel.

LibraryThing members (it’s free to join LibraryThing!) can request a FREE copy of the e-book version of Love Is the Punch Linein return for a review. The ebooks will be delivered by email. We are giving away these books to increase the impact of the message of the book but also to get more reviews online.  Reviews on Amazon, GoodReads and LibraryThing are appreciated. Please choose the ebook format you prefer: .epub or .mobi,

Once you’ve read the book, please post your reviews on:

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Punch-Line-Kathleen-Jones-ebook/dp/B07BYNX7BM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1549472569&sr=8-1&keywords=love+is+the+punch+line

Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Love-Punch-line-Kathleen-Jones/dp/1945181338/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1549472603&sr=8-1&keywords=love+is+the+punch+line

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37507307-love-is-the-punch-line

LibraryThing: https://www.librarything.com/work/20782804/book/149152577

Description:Middle-aged stand-up comedian Josh Steinberg, formerly the star of his own popular TV series, finds himself struggling to keep his career alive, playing seedier and seedier clubs. Plump, balding, and plain-looking, he has never had much luck with women. That is, until Josh meets Holly Brannigan while performing his stand-up act in a comedy club. Holly, an attractive, intelligent, and divorced 50-year-old businesswoman, becomes instantly smitten with Josh and even finds his unconventional looks wildly sexy.

The lonely and vulnerable Josh soon falls in love with Holly, even though she’s not the statuesque type he usually goes for. But Josh, terrified of being hurt and discarded by yet another woman, hides his true feelings for Holly by making fun of her in his stand-up act. And Holly, taking Josh’s words to heart, starts to wonder if she means anything to him at all.

Offer ends March 1, 2019.For further information, go to: https://www.librarything.com/er/giveaway/list

 

 

MEET AUTHOR KATHLEEN JONES!

 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Author Kathleen Jones will be signing copies of her novel Love Is the Punch Line at the following two locations:

  • Coles: Eglinton Square, 1 Eglinton Square (Eglinton and Victoria Park), Scarborough

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

  • IndigoSpirit: First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West (King and Bay), Toronto

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

“Love Is the Punch Line” Named a Favourite Indie Book of 2018!

Indie Book Reviews (@BookReviewIndie) named Love Is the Punch Linea favourite indie book of 2018 in this Tweet, posted on December 31, 2018:

“Counting down my 3 favourite indie books of 2018… #3 – “Love is the Punchline” by Kathleen Jones @joneslepidas… a quirky love story set in the world of stand-up comedy https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2531863607 …#indiebooks#bestof2018″

Check out Indie Book Review’s 5-star review on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2531863607

 

Love Is the Punch Line, a quirky midlife romance set in the world of stand-up comedy, is available from Amazon, Indigo, and Barnes and Noble.

A Dreamer’s Blog by Jason E. Foss

 
 
Thursday, December 6, 2018
 
“Love Is The Punch Line”
 
An Interview with Kathleen Jones by Jason E. Foss
 
 
KATHLEEN JONES
 
“Everyday we are writing a story of our life.  Trying to figure things out.  Sometimes great writers can help us along the way.  A great story can help us with our own.  I like to find out what motivates great Authors to bring a great story to life.  Kathleen Jones is an Author that does just that.  She was able to share with us where she got her motivation from.”

                                                                                                                                   
 
Jason E. Foss




 
Jason:  “What motivated you to write “Love Is The Punch Line”?”


 
Kathleen:

  “A relationship I had with a boy in middle school inspired me to write this novel.  Virtually every afternoon for three or four months,  he would walk home from school with me, always trying his hardest to make me laugh, creating nicknames for me and devising amusing songs about me, often snatching the little round green leather hat off my head (It was mid-winter) and kicking it across the street like a football.  In other words, this handsome and smart boy used his wonderful gift for humour to flirt with me!  I didn’t mind the teasing at all; it was good-natured and he made me laugh.”



 
Jason: “Briefly tell us about “Love Is The Punch Line”?”



 
 
Kathleen:

 “Middle-aged stand-up comedian Josh Steinberg, formerly the star of his own popular TV Series, finds himself struggling to keep his career alive, playing seedier and seedier clubs.  Plump, balding, and plain-looking, he has never had much luck with the women.  That is, until Josh meets Holly Brannigan while performing his stand-up act in a comedy club.  Holly, an attractive, intelligent, and divorced 50 year-old businesswoman, becomes instantly smitten with Josh and even finds his unconventional looks wildly sexy.”

                                       “The lonely and vulnerable Josh soon falls in love with Holly, even though she’s not the statuesque type he usually goes for.  But Josh, terrified of being hurt and discarded by yet another woman, hides his true feelings for Holly by making fun of her in his stand-up act.  And Holly, taking Josh’s words to heart, starts to wonder if she means anything to him at all.”



 
Jason: “Describe Josh and Holly’s attraction toward one another and tell us what you like most about working with those two characters.”
 



Kathleen:

  “Josh is attracted to Holly’s intelligence and kindness; he also likes the fact that she “gets” him.  Holly is attracted to Josh’s warmth, sense of humor, and vulnerability.  I enjoyed working with these characters because they were realistic and flawed but also loveable.”



 
Jason: “Are you working on another book?  If so, what can you share with us about it?”
 



Kathleen:

 “Yes, I am writing a second novel.  It deals with the cruel way the modern corporate world treats its employees.”



 
Jason: “What is the easiest way to buy copies of “Love Is The Punch Line”?”
 



Kathleen: The book is available in both paperback and ebook formats from the following:


 
Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Punch-Line-Kathleen-Jones-ebook/dp/B07BYNX7BM

Amazon.ca:

https://www.amazon.ca/Love-Punch-line-Kathleen-Jones/dp/1945181338


 
Barnes and Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-is-the-punch-line-kathleen-jones/1128421971

Indigo:

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/love-is-the-punch-line/9781945181337-item.html


 
Moonshine Cove Publishing:

https://www.moonshinecovepublishing.com/index.html


                                                                                    
                                                                                                 CLOSING


 
“It’s amazing how a great experience with someone from middle-school can motivate Kathleen Jones to create a unique love story.  Finally Josh finds someone that “gets” him.  The best relationships whether present or past it is pretty safe to say that they are usually with someone that “gets” us.  So book lovers that enjoy reading a creative love story go to one of Kathleen’s links to buy her new book “Love Is The Punch Line.”
 

Article on Love Is the Punch Line in The University of Toronto Mississauga Magazine, Fall 2018 

(see https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/communications/sites/files/communications/public/shared/010986%20Hambly_Woolley_UofT%20Miss_revised.pdf)

Write On

Kathleen Jones (BA, 1982) can now tick ‘published author’ off her bucket list. After majoring in English literature, the Erindale College alumna worked for three decades as an editor and technical writer before realizing her own life-long dream of becoming a fiction writer. In April, Moonshine Cove published Jones’ first novel “Love Is the Punch Line” which has earned several five-star reviews on Goodreads. The comic romance chronicles the midlife relationship that blooms between a washed-up comedian and a divorced businesswoman who meet at a comedy club. The Scarborough-based writer is at work on her second novel and posts about the writing on her blog, The Quirky Novelist, kathleenjones.org.