An Interview with Jen Desmarais

In this episode of Speculating Canada, I interview Jen Desmarais. Jen is the author of Crushing It, co-author of Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers, a crafter, and ghost writer. We discuss Queer writing, the interrelationship between craft-making and writing, writing with a community, and writing with a partner.

Jen Desmarais is the creator of the sex education game Blush and co-author of Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers. Crushing It is her first solo novel, and she’s not entirely sure how it happened; she had a novella and a couple short story ideas and then all of a sudden it was a full-length book. Jen started learning guitar because of this book so that she could write her own music to go along with her lyrics.

Co-founder of JenEric Designs (, she creates unique geeky crocheted items. Her blogs The Travelling TARDIS and How I Taught My Dragon have been nominated for the Prix Aurora Awards over 2018-2023.

She lives in Ottawa with her author husband, daughter, son, and their library of over 3000 books.




Interviewed by Derek Newman-Stille MA, PhD (ABD) (they/them)

Derek Newman-Stille

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