Kizzie Jones, author of ‘How Dachshunds Came To Be: A Tall Tale About A Short Long Dog,’ spoke Thursday at the Friends of the Edmonds Library annual luncheon. President of the Friends, Judith Works, later commented: “I was struck by Kizzie’s description of the children’s book as being a story of how loneliness can be cured by having friends. On reflection afterwards I began to think that the book is not just a children’s book but rather one that all of us can use to learn that lesson.”
According to Jones, director of spiritual care at Seattle’s Horizon House, “The book reminds me about the joy of being in tune with what gives joy in everyday life.” Jones had high praise for her publisher, Emily Hill, who guided her through the process. “When I was writing, it seemed to be the hardest,” said Jones. “Finding a publisher next seemed hardest and now marketing seems hardest. Everything is a learning curve.” But none of that has daunted Jones, who plans a sequel: ‘How Dogs Came to Be: All Dogs Dachshunds in Costume.’
Jones’ book has received four national awards: San Francisco Book Fest 2013 Children’s Honorable Mention; New York Book Fest 2013 Children’s First Runner Up; Children’s Beach Book Fest 2013 First Place; and National Indie Excellence Awards First Place for cover design. The book may be purchased at Edmonds Bookshop, and you may follow Jones’ career via her her website.