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S.C. Jensen is a Canadian writer, science fiction enthusiast, and literacy advocate. Her published short fiction includes: “The Spirit of Settee Lake” featured in Good Medicine Stories with Lee Maracle and Richard Van Camp in 2010, “Hunger” in Spectrum (SmartyPants Publishing, 2017), “Crosses” in Opus 22: A Rhapsody of Short Fiction (Melius Scripto Press, 2017), and “Sanctuary” in Corrogatio IV: The Midnight Massacre (CPOP/Monolith, 2018).
The Whole Story
My name is S.C. Jensen. I’m a Canadian writer, living in northern Saskatchewan. I primarily write speculative fiction–that can be anything from sci-fi and fantasy to literary slipstream–but I do occasionally branch into other genres.
I began writing fiction in my early twenties after dropping out of my Art History program at the University of British Columbia. I had planned to get into Art Restoration, but had failed the necessary chemistry courses and run out of money. I was working at a soul-sucking retail job. Without access to my own vehicle or public transit I was at the mercy of my boyfriend’s work schedule. He would drop me off, often hours before my shift started, at a coffee shop where I had nothing to do but sit with my own thoughts. This was before smartphones, of course.
So I brought a notebook, and I started to write.
It would be years before I got out of the retail grind. I was young, broke, and floating around without purpose or direction. I did eventually finish my degree; I went back to study English Literature and minored in Visual Arts. I went on to marry, have children, start a business, own a home.
Somewhat miraculously, and no small thanks to the unyielding support of my husband, I continued to write.
My first book, The Timekeepers’ War (Bedlam Press, 2014) came out when my twins were only six months old. Shortly after, we had another child. I struggled to balance life as a wife, mother, and writer. I didn’t have the time to commit to novels when my children were babies, but I managed to steal minutes and hours here and there. I focused on the short story and continued to practice my craft. Now that my children are all school age and I have more time to write, I am looking forward to the release of my second novel, Ghostlights, later this year (2020).
Those early years of disillusionment continue to haunt my writing, though. This theme shows up in my work more than almost any other. My characters are often displaced and directionless, floating through life without purpose. Sometimes they find what they are looking for, and sometimes they don’t.
Writing has given my life a purpose and direction beyond that of simply “wife” and “mother.”
But sometimes I still feel as lost as my characters. I have battled depression and anxiety, and overcome a toxic relationship with alcohol. I’m still finding my way through life. I write stories for readers who are also seeking to find their own path, to discover who they are. In this way, I hope to help readers feel less alone in the world. I am right there with you. Together we can explore fantastic worlds, laugh, cry and scream into the void.
Sometimes it might get a little weird. I like weird! It makes me feel alive.
In the end, if nothing else, I hope to share some entertaining stories and let you escape from those big life questions for a few hours.
I’d love to hear from you! If you have anything you’d like to ask or share with me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The year is 2133. Captain ValCora Mortlocke, Extreme Terrain Specialist with the Canadian Armed Forces, has been pulled out of retirement. War has broken out in the Arctic Circle and the deadly letovirus has northern communities on lock-down. For Mortlocke, there is no choice. She is a soldier first; everything else comes second. Duty calls, and Mortlocke will answer. Even if it destroys everything she has been fighting so hard to protect.