About S.C. Jensen

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Short Bio

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).

You can also read a selection of flash fiction and short stories that have been published right >>>here<<< on the blog. For free!

She is currently working on her second novel, Ghostlights. Her first novel, The Timekeepers’ War was released in 2014, by Bedlam Press (Necro Publications).

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 contact@scjensen.com

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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.

37 thoughts on “About S.C. Jensen

  1. Hey, looking forward to more entries! And results! See you on Friday, will you go with me, I want to go in early to hit Dutch Growers for some Leek plants!!

    1. Hi DF! Thanks for taking a peek ๐Ÿ™‚ Please make sure you “follow” me if you’d like to get email updates when I write a new post. It’s fast, convenient, and it makes me look cool.
      We can definitely go in early on Friday, but you must promise to make me something delicious with those Leeks…

      1. The question is where is the follow button. I cannot find it anywhere. If it is blue on black, that is a problem for me as I see both colours as virtually the same.

        1. Hi Jerry! Iโ€™ll have to have a look once Iโ€™m back on the computer. Iโ€™ve made some formatting changes recently and the follow button could have been collateral damage!

  2. Yep, I followed . . looking forward to the next entry! will call closer to Friday to see what time I will get out of work! Hey, nothing can ‘make’ you look cool . . . you just naturally ooze cool! Do you have a recipe for wheat free pastry? then I will give you the recipe for leftover turkey and leek pie, it’s a Jamie Oliver, soooooo good, then there is cock-a-leekie pie, baked leeks, et cetera, et cetera . . .

    1. I think I can just use a normal pastry recipe and sub in chickpea flour instead of the devil-wheat. It’ll still be a carb load, but at least I won’t feel guilty for committing slow-suicide. Turkey and leek pie sounds amazing! But now I’m intrigued by this cock-a-leekie business. Perhaps we can get together and scour recipes.

      PS I think our pastel paper is here, but I haven’t hit the post office yet. So we need to have an art date too.

  3. so looking forward to some art time! The ladies were asking me about the pastel paper,, I find pastels so much easier than watercolours . . . yet challenges are good for ya, right? I can’t pick up any parcels for you without your having signed a form saying I can, weird heh, post office, meant to be the meeting place of the community, now, it is sorry, can’t do that without written consent, nope, I know I know you, but, I still can’t give you anything, paranoid suspicion, is that how are communities meet now? So, I haven’t been sleeping well lately, may explain my rantings . . .

    1. And you, David in Maine. Thank you for visiting! I love your Haiku blog. I try to write haiku when I’m travelling, or when I’m stuck with my other projects. It’s a wonderful exercise for both the left and right brain, don’t you think? Mine never turn out a nicely as yours do, I’m afraid. But it’s a lovely art nonetheless. Thank you for sharing yours ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so much! I’m away from my computer right now but I’ll check it out as soon as I have an opportunity. I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog. I hope you keep reading ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Absolutely! I’m always open to suggestions. I have a good selection of SF classics on hand that I’m trying to work my way through. But I’m always looking for new reads (in any genre). What dud you have in mind?

      1. Well, to come clean – it’s actually my new novel, called ‘The Artemis Effect’. It’s character based rather than hard sci-fi, following three story threads of people coping with a crisis in different countries. It’s been out for about a week on Amazon as an ebook, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have some good responses, so hopefully it won’t be too painful to read! It will also be coming out as a paperback soon, so let me know if you might still be interested, and I’d be happy to send you a copy in whichever format you prefer. Thank you!

        1. Of course, I’d be happy to review your book ๐Ÿ™‚ It sounds interesting. I’m always excited to support new writers (especially new SF writers, we’ve gotta stick together). I’m afraid I haven’t evolved yet, as a reader, to embrace the e-book. I’m a hard copy junkie. Please let me know when the paperbacks are available, and I’ll send you my mailing info!

          1. Yes, I am, absolutely! I will email you my mailing address. I can’t wait!

  4. Hi Cat,

    My name is Shelby Isaacson. I was unable to find an email to contact you directly, so I apologize for posting this in as a long comment. I am contacting you on behalf of Jared Sandman, author of five novels, the most recent, Blackstone, is a paranormal thriller of horrific proportions. We would be extremely appreciative if you would consider reviewing Sandmanโ€™s work. If you would like a copy of Blackstone, please send me an email (listed below). Thank you for your time and consideration. Also, if you would like to more information regarding Sandman and his books please check out his website, http://www.jaredsandman.com.

    Book Description:

    WELCOME TO BLACKSTONE

    Designed by a madman, built with inmate labor and home to the nationโ€™s worst criminals, Blackstone Penitentiary was considered the Alcatraz of the Midwest. Over a one-hundred-year history, it amassed the more odious distinction of being the most haunted location in America.

    PAROLE WILL BE GRANTED

    No longer in operation and left abandoned; it awaits renovation for inclusion to the National Register of Historic Places. Spearheading the ambitious restoration project is Anthony Creighton, a caretaker seeking to unlock the reformatoryโ€™s long-buried secrets. He enlists four strangers to help in that mission, individuals who possess extraordinary psychic abilities. Along with a skeptical scientist, the group embarks on the first full-scale paranormal investigation of the notorious prison. Their goal: to confirm the existence of life after death.

    TO ANYONE WHO SURVIVES THE NIGHT

    Six guests. Ten thousand ghosts. And all of them fighting to escape.

    About the Author:

    Jared Sandman was born in Canton, Ohio, in 1985. He began selling his first stories professionally while in high school and wrote his first novel upon graduation. (That book, BLOOD MONEY, sits in a desk drawer where it will never see the light of day.)

    LEVIATHAN was his second attempt at the long form, which he wrote two years later, this was followed up by THE WILD HUNT, DREAMLAND and THE SHADOW WOLVES. His most recent novel, BLACKSTONE, was just released. He’s currently working on his seventh book.
    Thank you again for your time and dedication to the world of literature,

    Shelby Isaacson
    Author Liaison
    727-687-1570
    http://www.NuChapterMarketing.com

    1. I’d be happy to. I will send you an email with my contact info ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for reading!

  5. Hey, thanks loads for taking a look at my new blog, and what’s more for following me..really appreciated..and am so excited by your blog. I am attempting to write a sci-fi novel at the moment (is complete, at the review by friends / family stage), and so am about to enter the dreaded stage of recurrent rejections, ha ha. Will definitely look closely at your posts for motivation and inspiration. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thanks for reading and good luck with your writing! You’re a great writer! I’ve been enjoying your blog since I found the link on Harsh Reality’s “Promote Yourself” link.

      Finishing a book is a hard slog. Every step throws new challenges at you, but every small success is so rewarding! Keep with it ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m trying to build up a network of sci-fi enthusiasts (readers and writers) so that we can act as a support group for one another. When your book comes out (and it will, I’m sure!) I will happily review it for you ๐Ÿ˜€

      Let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to see a post about, too.

  6. Thanks for the follow and nice to “meet” you. I’ve dabbled in writing sci-fi as well, but need to do some major re-thinking on that one. Congrats on your book getting published and looking forward to seeing some of your writing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Sorry I missed this comment! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Sci-fi is fun, but not for everybody. It can be great for writing warm-ups even if you don’t want to focus on it for the rest of your writing!

  7. Hi Sarah, I followed your blog earlier but had to use the search function to find your About page, I couldn’t see it at all on your blog. Anyway, now I’ve found it, I’ll mention it…
    Enjoying your blog… carry on… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thank you! I should check that out and make my About page more visible. Thanks for the heads up!

      1. Judging by the comments here, it looks to have been missing for years… The Way of the Errant About Page is indeed mysterious.

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