Newest interview on both books by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones! July 2016
- Is Speaking in Tungs the first book you’ve written?
Karla- No. I spent 10 years working on a book called Grasshopper Soup. It followed two brothers after Pearl Harbor was bombed, and their horrible experiences while trying to survive in POW camps in the Philippines. Definitely not humorous fiction, now is it?
- What made you want to write that kind of book when humor seems to be a strong voice for you?
Karla- I love books about people overcoming great odds. Spending 10 years writing and rewriting taught me HOW to write so I don’t feel like I wasted any time. And, believe it or not, the book was full of humor, between the prisoners, which was how they survived.
- They say write what you know. Since you are a speech therapist, is that how Speaking in Tungs came about?
Karla-Probably. I’ve been a therapist for 30 years and lots of quirky, strange things have happened while I was working with patients, especially during the 10 years I worked in home-health. I started out writing this as non-fiction, a let-me-tell-you-some funny-things kind of book, but soon realized that by fictionalizing a story, it made it more fun.
- With that in mind, are you Marleigh?
Karla-People who know me will see flashes of me in Marleigh although her situation of working in a very remote area was nothing I have ever experienced. All of my work was in Salt Lake City or its suburbs. I love being a speech therapist so her dedication to trying to “fix” everyone most certainly is “essence of Karla.”
- What do you want readers to take away from this book?
Karla- Well, I hope they laugh. I also hope they think about the characters after the book is finished. I like when that happens to me. Above all, I want them to say, “I had no idea speech therapists do so many things.” I do think my profession is a mystery to people.
Speaking in Tungs- “The nest title EVER.” – Dennis R. Miller