Jessica Marting


Jessica Marting writes sci-fi and paranormal romance. She lives in Toronto with her husband and far too many pets.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
I've written about my desk on my blog, and the answer remains the same: it's organized chaos. I know where everything is, even though it looks like someone dropped a blue box's worth of paper on it. I actually have a huge table from IKEA in lieu of a proper desk with drawers, because I like having everything close at hand, in sight. I have my laptop (which never actually leaves the top of my work table), printer, and any number of books, bills, CDs, pens, and magazines piled around. There's an invisible line dividing up the table, because I share it with my extremely tidy husband. Nothing moves past the line (really his computer tower).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a working class neighborhood in Peterborough, a small city a couple of hours north of Toronto, but due to my mother's career in the late '90s-early '00s (church pastor) we bounced around Ontario for a couple of years. Peterborough felt very insular--taking a trip to Toronto was a huge deal, and the big city felt like a whole other planet. The difference is still stark after living in Toronto for the last fourteen years. I grew up knowing my neighbours by name, wandering around the nearby marina by myself, and riding my bike without a helmet. Totally different time and place.

I liked living in Peterborough most of the time, but I escaped a lot through reading. The library and a wonderful used bookstore weren't too far from my house, and I made regular trips to both. They were so much better than the bookstore at Peterborough Square: I could find stuff that was out of print either free or very cheap, and I didn't have a teacher or school librarian hovering over my shoulder, telling me what to read. My father died when I was ten, I did not handle that event with any measure of grace, and reading and creative writing were my ways of coping.

It's a story that's been told so many times, and my chapter isn't that much different. I dreamed of going to other places, and until I actually could travel, I got my fix by reading and writing about them instead.
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Where to find Jessica Marting online


Dead Ringer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,750. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Broke and banished from his home city, Asher is stunned when the doppelganger of a notorious singer breaks into his home. Livvy's claim of escaping a secret underground compound a few miles away is barely believable, but he still agrees to help her. But someone wants Livvy back, and will stop at nothing to find her.
Celestial Chaos
Series: The Commons, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,850. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
When Lieutenant Honora Kharn is ordered back in time to thwart a plot by enemy agents, the last thing she expects to do is rescue someone, not to mention her military discharge for doing so. Andrew proves to be her personal and professional undoing. But when the opportunity to return to their homes comes up, neither are sure that's where they belong.
Series: The Commons, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,310. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
All Lily wants is a fresh start. She gets it when she wakes up 850 years out of her time in the belly of the Defiant, a spaceship that's anything but. When she joins forces with the ship's no-nonsense captain, Rian, they have to fight their growing feelings for each other to uncover a threat to the civilized universe that neither thought possible.

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