I really mean this – I love doing author events! Perhaps it’s my theatre background – but I love a live audience. So… if you’ve got a book club or book festival coming up, why not book me as a speaker?
Thanks to my literary agent, Geraldine Cooke, I have spoken at a range of author events. I spoke about my Warsaw-set comic novel ‘Are My Roots Showing?’ at the Essex Book Festival in 2017 (I was in conversation with crime author Anya Lipska), at Thorpe Hesley book club in Rotherham with a lovely group of captive ladies – and at Kilburn Library and Preston Community Libraries in London. These library events attracted people with both Polish and non-Polish backgrounds and it was a joy to talk about my novel and my visits to Poland in the 80s and 90s and now.
You can see a video of me at Preston Library here:
I have also frequently spoken on the radio. BBC Radio Sheffield invited me on air to talk about ‘Are My Roots Showing?’, as did UCB2, United Christian Broadcasters in Staffordshire which is accessible to four million listeners on DAB radio. More recently, I have been back to UCB2 to talk about my second comic novel ‘The Diary of an Obedient Wife’ (‘This is My Story’, with Ruth O’Reilly, November 2018). Also in November, I was a guest on Premier Christian Radio in London with Reverend Cindy Kent (pictured) on the show ‘Woman to Woman’.
What people say about ‘Are My Roots Showing?’
- ‘This is a hugely entertaining, funny, heart-warming and often moving read‘… Yorkshire Post, UK
99% 5*reviews on Amazon
- ‘This is a beautiful book, sometimes really funny and sometimes heart-breaking. The chief character, Magda, is really lovable’.
- ‘If you want a great read that will make you laugh and cry at the same time this is the one’.
- ‘I adored this book from the first page, was sad when it ended and it was an absolute page turner in between. As someone with Polish roots myself I understood all the references made, including the nightmare of Polish grammar! However, you don’t need to be of Polish heritage to enjoy this story. If you have a love for connecting with family then this is for you. In fact, it’s made me want to go to Warsaw and spend time there rather than just pass through en route to elsewhere in Poland as I normally would. Karola is a Polish Marian Keyes – a great humour writer and I truly enjoyed this book’.
What people say about ‘The Diary of an Obedient Wife’
- ‘I read this till all hours and found it absolutely hilarious. I would totally recommend this book. I can’t wait for the next book from Karola. Thank you for the laughs!!’
- ‘This is a warm-hearted, amusing account of a year in the life of a young Christian wife. Emily has impossible high standards an falls at the first hurdle every day. By turns infuriating and endearing, this book will make you laugh out loud’.
- ‘I read this in one go and loved it! I could identify with the heroine’s struggles. The book was really funny, true to life, and really brightened up my afternoon!’