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A REALLY COOL STORY--no matter what reading level it's written for--is that type of story that grabs you by the collar and shakes you. A story you never forget. A story that after you've read it you can't wait to tell others to read it too, and you start your recommendation by saying, "I just read this really cool story..."

The stories I read when I was young--and even during my college years--that I thought were really cool, are what inspired me to become a writer. I'd say to myself, "I want to write stories like that!" Then I started writing short stories and poems during my junior year in high school.

But it was not until my mother discovered a particular paperback book in a used book store that I fell in love with the idea of writing really cool stories to make a living. That book was The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury. I was 19 at the time and I'd never heard of Ray Bradbury.

I took the book to college with me and one quiet Sunday I started reading the short stories inside.

The first story had a surprise ending that blew me away--I never knew, before this, that a story could have such a cool, surprise ending. So many of the stories teachers forced me to read in school were BORING; their endings weak and the story easily forgotten.

The second Bradbury story also had a really cool ending that left me breathless. And when I'd finished reading the third story in the book I suddenly had a fever and I fell instantly in love. Bradbury was like a great magician, conjuring the most amazing surprises in his stories.

I fell in love with what a really cool story can do to you... how it changes your life, even if just a little, and makes you forever able to see the world in a different, perhaps better way; stories that help you grow up to be a better person because your imagination is suddenly open to all the wonder and possibilities in life.

As a result, I've spent my life in search of other really cool stories by many different writers, and I also try to write them for readers to enjoy and say, "Wow, that was a really cool story!"

Check out some of my short stories and see what YOU think.

My books are available directly from the publisher, Fahrenheit Books, by clicking the HERE links below. Author signed books and personalization requests are available ONLY from Fahreheit Books.

You can also purchase copies on Amazon.com


The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant. A picture storybook for ages 6-10. Also for adults who love illustrated books and Native American myth & lore. Finalist in the American Association of Publishers (AAP) 2015 REVERE Awards for PRE K-12 Learning. Winner of a Connecticut Press Club Award in 2012. A Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient in 2014. Order HERE.



The Growing Sweater. A multi-award-winning children's story for ages 6-9.

First Place, National Federation of Press Women At-Large Contest, April 2015. Co-first place winner of the New England Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators sponsored contest. A Shoreline Arts Alliance: Tassy Walden Awards finalist. A Mom's Choice Awards® Silver Recipient in 2015. Preview HERE.


The Man in the Black Frock Coat, theme linked stories not for the emotionally timid. (Available January 2015.) For young adults and adult readers who enjoy imaginative "Twilight Zone"-like stories. Ages 13+. Preview HERE.



ODE ON A MARTIAN URN. Readable, award-recognized poems that are easy to understand and stick in your mind. Order HERE.

Click HERE to read a feature newspaper story on the book.



Jason--along with Hobbomock and Sweater book illustrators Jesse Bonelli and Ben Quesnel--are happy to make school and library visits when our schedules allow. It never hurts to ask! Contact us at 203.453.5700 or a jasonjmarchi@yahoo.com

Jason's reading chair in his writing office.

A view of Jason's writing desk.

Jesse (standing) and Jason at the October 2012 Hammonasset Jamboree. The book was very well received at the Jamboree and the weather turned out to be perfect, despite calls for high winds and downpours.

John DeStefano, left, former mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, stopped by the Hobbomock tent at the October 2012 Columbus Day Festival in the Worcester Square section of New Haven. Mayor DeStefano is an ardent supporter of grade-school education and a fan of Hobbomock, the latter of which is being used in the classrooms of many New Haven County schools as part of the core educational curriculum for the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.



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Jason and Growing Sweater illustrator, Ben Quesnel, at the October 2013 art show for Ben at Greenwich Bank in Cos Cob, Connecticut.

Photo by Terri Marshall

Hobbomock illustrator Jesse Bonelli (left) and writer Jason show off their book at Meigs Point, Hammonasset, Connecticut, August 2012.


Photo by Kelley Fryer/East Haven Courier

Close to 50 children came out to the Hagaman Memorial Library to hear Dana Wilcox tell the tale of the giant slumbering in their backyard in August 2012. Wilcox, a poet, writer and actor, was reading from The Legend of Hobbomock-and she had the book's author, Jason J. Marchi (right) and illustrator Jesse J. Bonelli (with book) on hand to help. The trio answered questions and Marchi and Bonelli signed books after the reading.


Photos by Brian M. Murray, Sr.

Three scenes from the Barnes & Noble North Haven, Connecticut bookstore signing in November 2011. Over 500 copies of Hobbomock were sold from this store leading up to the New Year, and thus Hobbomock became this store's single bestselling book title in hardcover in 2011.


Photo by Chuck Miceli

A young Samuel L. Clemens (AKA Mark Twain from the days before he wore only his signature white suit) visits with Jason at the Big E during Connecticut Day, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Jason took a break from signing copies of The Legend of Hobbomock at the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association table in the Connecticut building to chat with Mr. Clemens about his forthcoming Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume II.



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