J.T. Marsh


J.T. Marsh was born and raised (mostly) in the metro Vancouver area. He drives a Ford truck and drinks his coffee by the pot, blacker than oil. He's a Teamster, and proud of it. He usually remembers to take his medications. J.T.'s writings deal with working-class themes, such as familial dysfunction, mental health, addiction, poverty, and deviancy.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm working on the sequel to 'Apocalypse Rising,' tentatively titled 'Sons and Daughters.' Additionally, I'm working on another literary novel, titled 'Two Lanes North.' I'm also working on getting paperbacks into stores. I'm hopeful one of these will be my big break. Then I won't have to work in a warehouse, wear thrift store clothes, and buy the store brand of everything anymore.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up (mostly) in the Metro Vancouver area, in British Columbia, Canada. This is where most of my works are set. It's a fascinating urban environment, embodying contrasts where opulent wealth exists side-by-side with grinding poverty. As a working class author, I am confronted daily with incontrovertible evidence that working people like myself are seen as mere detritus to the wealthy class in our society who exert so much control and influence over the way of things. This sensibility informs virtually all of my writing. I aspire to embody socialist realism as an aesthetic in my novels, though I'm not quite there yet.

I've also lived in Dallas, Texas, and Wellington, New Zealand as a child.
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Where to find J.T. Marsh online


Yukon Calling: A Book of Poetry
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,370. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
In the far north, the winters are long and dark, but no darkness can ever hide the loneliness and the desperation of the hardscrabble life taken on by those who dare try at it. When you try to lose yourself in the loneliness, sometimes the loneliness will lose itself in you. J.T. Marsh's fourth book of Poetry, 'Yukon Calling' boldly strikes at the heart of love and loss.
As Matches to Kindling: A Book of Poetry
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,950. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The first short book of poetry by author J.T. Marsh, As Matches to Kindling shows the terror and the lawlessness of modern life mixing with the intoxication and the passion of love while the tide of history turns against us all.
Barren: A Novel Between Death and Life
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,580. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Barren is a powerful and frankly honest novel about life with mental illness. At twenty-six, Everett Little tries to kill himself in a public park, failing by the slimmest of margins, only to wind up fighting for his life against a demonic force. But when this demonic force begins to infiltrate his mind and seize control of his thoughts, his final breakdown begins...
At War Within: A Book of Poetry
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,700. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
At War Within is J.T. Marsh's third published book of poetry, and strikes at a time of rising anger and agitations against the evils of power. Consisting of three poems each broken into seven chapters, At War Within takes the reader on an journey through the harrowing fear and the enthralling terror of a struggle for a new tomorrow.
Not All For Love: A Book of Poetry
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,360. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Not All For Love is J.T. Marsh's second published book of poetry, and captures perfectly the essence of love, from the exhilarating highs to the crushing lows. Consisting of twenty-five individual poems, Not All For Love takes the reader on an intimately familiar yet captivating and intriguing trip through the quixotic and compulsive sensations of falling in love.
Crossed Lines: A Novel of Love, Lost
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,450. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
A troubled young man and a lonely thirty-something Spanish teacher fall in love at an inner-city East Vancouver high school, touching off an affair that weaves through both their lives for a decade, leading them both on a journey through the best and the worst times of their lives, culminating in pain, suffering, and the destruction of their lives.

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