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Heather Jarman is an author of several Star Trek novels who lives in Portland, Oregon.

As a fan, Jarman wrote a number of pieces for the online fanzine The Starfleet Journal, which brought her to the attention of Pocket Books editor, Marco Palmieri, who invited her to pitch story ideas. (Voyages of Imagination, p. 261)

Jarman's fan work also led to a friendship with future Voyager author Kirsten Beyer – the two had become firm friends over discussion of Kathryn Janeway's character in "Night", and they pitched several story ideas to the series' producers without success. It would be Jarman who ultimately brought Beyer to Palmieri's attention several years later. (Voyages of Imagination, pp. 301-302)

In 2001, Palmieri commissioned Jarman to write part of the ongoing Deep Space Nine relaunch series. In addition to a number of DS9 contributions, she wrote for the Voyager and Starfleet Corps of Engineers series, as well as the Tales of the Dominion War anthology (with her friend and fellow Trek author Jeffrey Lang).

Jarman closed out her five-year-long association with Star Trek fiction in 2006 by developing the String Theory trilogy and writing the final instalment, Evolution.

On outside views of tie-in fiction in general, and Star Trek novels in particular, Jarman notes that: "[it] smarts [...] when people are automatically dismissive of Star Trek fiction. I don't think it's deserved. Granted, there's a lot of media tie-in that never reaches literary heights but that's a global generalization that IMHO doesn’t apply to all of Star Trek fiction". (Voyages of Imagination, p. 262) On her own work, she remarks: "For a person who grew up wanting to write books professionally, I've had the chance to realize my dream and that's more than many people can claim in a lifetime". (Voyages of Imagination, p. 303)

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