Though I’m currently based in Boulder, I’m Colorado girl who has lived up and down the Front Range over the course of my life. I love so many parts of this state. However, I was born in Colorado Springs and I returned to that city for many formative years before I moved to Boulder, a time during which I worked at The Gazette daily newspaper and then freelance as The Gazette’s dining critic.
The position of food critic was a dream in so many ways: free food, for one, but also regular work, a stable platform, respect and prestige, and an insider’s view of the fascinating food and hospitality industries. I left that dream job due to my move to Boulder — and that move was the catalyst that pushed me toward my real dream of writing fiction. I’ve now published my first novel and done so much more in Fiction Land, and I know that tough move and tough decision proved one of the best choices of my life!
So with that history, I’m thrilled to say I’m going back to the Springs, this time as an indie author, to participate in Indie Author Day on Oct. 13. Here’s the press release:
Former Colorado Springs restaurant critic returns to PPLD as an indie author
Boulder, CO: Six years after her last dining column published in The Gazette in 2012, writer Kate Jonuska is back in Colorado Springs with a new title: indie author. Jonuska reluctantly left the dream job of restaurant critic for The Gazette due to a move to Boulder, Colorado, but is proud to return on Oct. 13 at the Pikes Peak Library District’s Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80920) as part of Indie Author Day.
“Resigning from my column at The Gazette was a difficult decision, but was definitely the right one for me,” says Jonuska, who has since written for the Denver Post, the Daily Camera, Boulder Magazine, Boulder Weekly and other regional publications. “The wrenching choice forced me to consider what writing work was truly meaningful for me, and since I was a little girl, that’s always been fiction.”
After five challenging years transitioning from a food and features writer into a novelist, Jonuska published her first novel, Transference, in August of 2017. Set in Denver, the story is a superpower satire starring a disgraced psychiatrist and his telepathic new patient, and was hailed by Hugo Award-winning author Tim Pratt as “a riveting tale of telepathy and suburban angst.” Transference was also a finalist for the 2017 BookLife Prize, hosted by the indie arm of Publisher’s Weekly and was a Denver Post staff pick — a still relatively unheard of feat for a self-published book.
Jonuska will be working with PPLD for Indie Author Day, an annual national event where libraries promote local indie authors through education, networking and panels. She will be speaking and answering questions from 2-3 p.m. at the Adult Indie Fiction/Non-Fiction panel discussion. Other programming for the day include panels on Music/Film, Children’s/YA Fiction and Marketing. A short demonstration of Library Journal’s SELF-e will be available, as well, and participating authors will be mingling with guests and selling their books at a reception hour from 4-5 p.m.
“Though writing for The Gazette and other newspapers and magazines has taught me so much, Transference and my other fiction have been the most meaningful and fulfilling challenges of my life,” says Jonuska. “I love when I can share that passion with other people and perhaps show how they, too, can pursue their dreams by going indie. That I get to do that with PPLD, one of the best library systems to ever issue me a library card, is the icing on the cake.”
For more information about Indie Author Day programming, visit www.ppld.librarymarket.com/events/indie-author-day-2018.
Again, I’m very excited about the event and about seeing old friends. In fact, I’ve also scheduled a reading and signing the next day — 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 — at local indie store Hooked on Books, because Transference has never been to the Springs! I can’t wait for those old friends (and hopefully some new ones) to meet my novel in-person for the first time.
More details to follow, but mark your calendars now!