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
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
Check out some of my
short stories and see what
My books are available directly from the
publisher, Fahrenheit Books, by clicking the
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Author signed books and
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You can also purchase
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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
The Growing Sweater.
A multi-award-winning children's story for ages 6-9.
Place, National Federation of Press Women At-Large Contest, April
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
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
ODE ON A MARTIAN URN. Readable,
award-recognized poems that are easy to understand and stick in your mind.
HERE to read a feature newspaper story on the book.
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
Jason's reading chair in his
A view of Jason's writing
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.
(only the award winners)
BOOK EVENTS/LECTURE SCHEDULE
TV & RADIO INTERVIEWS
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
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,
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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