Kathleen Jones was born and brought up on a remote hill farm in the English Lake District. She started writing and publishing while still at school. She married as a teenager and lived in Africa and the Middle East, where she worked in English broadcasting. Kathleen is a poet, biographer and novelist, author of eight biographies including Catherine Cookson: The Biography, published by Time Warner, which was in the top ten best seller lists for 8 weeks. She has also worked in broadcast journalism and has won national awards for her short fiction and poetry. Kathleen is the author of two novels, The Centauress and The Sun’s Companion, and an award winning collection of poetry, ‘Not Saying Goodbye at Gate 21', published by Templar Poetry in 2012. Kathleen now lives with a sculptor who works in Italy. She has taught creative writing in a number of universities, is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, and in 2012 was elected a Fellow of the English Association for services to literature.
Kathleen Jones in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?8 I don’t really remember. We lived in an old farmhouse with no central heating, so it would have had to be somewhere warm.
What do you love about Short Stories?I think it’s the form - there’s a definite shape to them that’s very pleasing, like poetry. And then there’s the challenge of getting absolutely everything into such a small space.
Do you write in other forms?I write poetry, biography and journalism. The last two are my bread and butter.
What distracts you from writing?Almost everything! I have to be very disciplined.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Travelling - I’m a passionate nomad. But I also love music, food and gardens.
What is your favourite book?Stories? It would have to be either James Joyce’s The Dead, or Katherine Mansfield’s Daughters of the Late Colonel. Favourite books change - at the moment it’s Maggie O’Farrell’s The Hand that First Held Mine.
Who are your favourite writers?Seamus Heaney, Barbara Kingsolver and Katherine Mansfield
Where is your dream location?Kaikoura, New Zealand. It has everything - snow-covered mountains and the sea, a wild coastline and
What one item would you put into Room 101?Income tax returns!
Do you have any advice for new writers?Stop procrastinating and just do it! You can always agonise over the editing later.
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