Jayne Martin

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” —Nora Ephron

By Jayne Martin

Tender Cuts


If Joy Williams and Raymond Carver had a love child that was often left in the care of Lydia Davis it might grow up to be Jayne Martin. Martin’s writing evokes the literary DNA of those who have influenced her most, while in a style and voice that is uniquely her own.

Flash Fiction Author

Jayne Martin

Jayne Martin is a Pushcart, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfictions nominee, and a recipient of Vestal Review’s VERA award. Work in New Flash Fiction Review, Spelk, Crack the Spine, Midwestern Gothic, Barren, MoonPark Review, Blink-Ink, and Bending Genres among others. She is also the author of Suitable for Giving: A Collection of Wit with a Side of Wry, a collection of humor essays. Her TV-movie writing credits include Big Spender for Animal Planet, and A Child Too ManyCradle of Conspiracy, and Deceived by Trust for Lifetime. She lives in California, where she rides horses and drinks copious amounts of fine wines, though not at the same time.


Read the first line of any Jayne Martin story and I dare you not to keep going. A masterful storyteller, Martin’s characters are funny, smart, wounded, and brave. 

– Kathy Fish


Jayne Martin’s gift for conjuring moments of emotional betrayal is fearless, as is her keen eye for the everyday surreal.

– Meg Pokrass


Here are stories that crackle with tough truths and meaningful reveals… These pieces, though short, are expansive beyond all borders: bold, impactful, and thoroughly captivating.

-Robert Scotellaro