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.
Moonshine Cove Publishing
9781945181337, $13.99, PB, 268pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: 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.
Critique: A wildly entertaining read from beginning to end, “Love is the Punch Line” showcases author Kathleen Jones as a novelist with a genuine flair for originality and narrative driven fiction. While very highly recommended, especially for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Love is the Punch Line” is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.99).
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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.
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On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, author Kathleen Jones, a “late bloomer” like her older characters Josh and Holly, discussed her journey to publish her first novel, Love Is the Punch Line, at the Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organizations office in Toronto, Ontario. The publication of her novel was a 50-year-old dream for Kathleen.
Kathleen talked about the steps she took to get published, and shared tips with other budding late-in-life novelists. The talk was followed by a book sale and signing. About 15 people attended the session.
Below: Author Kathleen Jones at the OSSCO event in Toronto on May 29, 2018.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp relationship observations
By Allister N. Thompson on May 10, 2018
This is a novel that contains both wit and genuine emotion. It’s also quite realistic in many ways, as the romance between Holly and Josh has many ups and downs, and the appearance and age of the protagonists are a refreshing from the stereotypes usually found in fiction with an romantic theme. The novel is both funny and heartwarming, and it also provides an interesting window into the entertainment world, particularly the lives of comedians. If any of above sounds interesting to you, you should not miss this well-written novel.
By Kathleen Jones, The Quirky Novelist. Please sign up for free updates at http://eepurl.com/ceSobT
Can a plump, balding, 54-year-old, washed-up comedian win the heart of a smart and attractive 50-year-old businesswoman? Can that still-pretty 50-year-old lust after a less than hunky funny man?
Holly Brannigan becomes smitten with Josh Steinberg the moment she spots him in a comedy club. Josh soon falls for Holly, too, but there’s one big problem: he’s been dumped by too many women in his past. Terrified of being hurt again, Josh hides his feelings for Holly by making fun of her in his stand-up act. Holly is crushed. Can these two overcome their hurt and heartbreak and learn to trust each other? Find out in Love Is the Punch Line, now available in trade paperback and ebook from Amazon and Indigo.
Visit Kathleen Jones, The Quirky Novelist, online at https://kathleenjones.org/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/joneslepidas and sign up for free updates at http://eepurl.com/ceSobT Visit the Love Is the Punch Line Media Room at https://kathleenjones.org/media-room/