Tender Cuts


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Vine Leaves Press
Publish Date
8.0 X 8.0 X 0.19 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Jayne Martin's writing career began with a twenty-year stint writing movies-for television. Her credits include 'Big Spender' for Animal Planet and 'A Child Too Many, Cradle of Conspiracy' and 'Deceived By Trust' for Lifetime. Her book of humor essays, 'Suitable for Giving: A Collection of Wit with A Side of Wry, ' was published in 2011. She has been the recipient of the following honors: Fall 2013 Women-On-Writing Flash Fiction Winner; 2016 New Millennium Writings Flash Fiction Finalist; 2016 Vestal Review VERA Award; 2017 Pushcart Nominee; 2018 Best Small Fictions Nominee. She currently lives near Santa Barbara, California where, when not writing, she rides horses and drinks copious amounts of fine wine, though not at the same time. Visit her online: jaynemartin-writer.com.


"Jayne Martin's gift for conjuring moments of emotional betrayal is fearless, as is her keen eye for the everyday surreal. Dark, unflinching studies of fragility, identity, and the spirit's fight for survival, these masterful stories delight the reader with their generous, unconventional honesty." Meg Pokrass, author of Alligators at the Gate, and founding editor of New Flash Fiction Review

"Looking at the wounds and small triumphs of her characters from an often oblique angle, Jayne Martin examines moments in the lives of weirdoes and misfits, mutts and beauty queens. This is a collection that explores everyday drama, laying bare the tensions between anguish and resolution." Michelle Elvy, founding editor of the international literary journal Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction

"Here are stories that crackle with tough truths and meaningful reveals. It is remarkable with what agility Jayne Martin traverses such multi-various and rugged terrains. These pieces, though short, are expansive beyond all borders: bold, impactful, and thoroughly captivating." Robert Scotellaro, co-editor of New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fictions

"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. These thirty-eight stories linger and satisfy. She does the work of a novel in a few pages with skill, grace, and power. A badass writer if ever there was one." Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018

"Tender Cuts is about seeing and not seeing, what we are blind to and what's right in front of us. In this debut flash fiction collection Jayne Martin's writing is compact, dense, often heartbreaking, always illuminating, and woven with a strange nostalgia; she has a way of reconciling the child with the adult, the pain with the beauty of tragedy, the tragedy still seeded with hope." Nancy Stohlman, author of Madam Velvet's Cabaret of Oddities, professor of creative writing University of Colorado

"Jayne Martin traces lives punctured with regret, lost love, and dashed hopes. Surreal and real at the same time. A reader will leave these stories with a sense of healing, though, for Martin's storytelling knife is sharp with honesty and deft with insight into the vagaries of the human soul." Grant Faulkner, Executive Director National Novel Writing Month; Co-founder of the literary journal 100-Word Stories