Shells Chats with author Joseph Jablonski

Why Science Fiction?

I think that’s my dad’s influence rubbing off on me. Growing up, he had a bookshelf that spanned an entire wall in the living room and it was filled with names like Herbert, Asimov, Hubbard, and Pohl. Those were the books I would always grab when I needed something to read.

What made you want to start writing?

It’s funny, until more recently I never had the desire to be a writer. About five years ago I got an idea for a novel but never seriously intended to act on it. I wasn’t until after my first daughter was born and my life kind of calmed down from the chaotic mess it was that I began to really explore the possibility. Then as it turned out, the more I wrote, the more I loved it. Now I can’t stop.

What do you feel is the hardest thing about writing?

For me, it’s dialog. I tend to stray away from it in most of my stories, a lot of which have none at all.

Do you feel music and doing graphic art work has helped with your writing in any way?

I do, music especially. I’ve been playing in bands and writing music since I can remember and I try to bring that same kind of structure to my stories. Writing music and writing stories are very similar and a good song, like a good work of prose, should have the all same base elements: beginning, conflict, climax, and resolution. Most importantly, both should convey some kind of emotion.

Based on your experience writing short stories, what do you find the most challenging and what do you find the most easiest?

The most challenging is, again, dialog. I think the easiest is coming up with ideas. It seems like every time I finish a story, I have three more waiting to be written.

What is your favorite short story you have written?

The one that comes to mind is ‘Transmissions of the Mind,’ which is about an ex-soldier sent to a distant planet on a suicide mission to wipe out a conscious collection of bacteria that has possessed the colonists there. That one was published in Short-Story.ME! Genre Fiction back in August. I think the reason it sticks out is that it’s the one in which I really started to define my own style.

Where can we find some of these short stories?

As of now, I have stories accepted in over twenty different markets. I’ve published a lot of stuff with Static Movement. Other examples of my work can be seen in M-Brane SF, With Painted Words, Weirdyear, and Prinkipria, among others. I also have work forthcoming in Liquid Imagination, Title Goes Here:, Mirror Magazine Online, Golden Visions Magazine, and The Absent Willow Review.

Could you please tell us about your novel you are working 'The Fume?'

I’m hesitant to call it post-apocalyptic, but that is definitely an element of the story. Basically, it’s the story of an escalating conflict between two groups of people who are survivors of a catastrophic event that chanced the makeup of the planets’ atmospheres, all told in an ‘other world’ setting. My short story prequel entitled
“Assisted Evolution,” which takes place roughly one hundred years before the events in the book, can be read in a webzine called Aurora Wolf.

How do you handle marketing your work?

Initially, I really just tried to get my stories submitted and hopefully published in as many quality markets as possible. I recently came to the decision to market my name more, along with my work, in my blog and on

What would you suggest to someone just wanting to get their work published?

Write your story how you think it should be written and don’t worry about what others will think or what supposed rules you’re breaking. If you read through the finished product and like what you have accomplished, chances are there is an editor out there that will feel the same.

Where can people find out more about you?

I recently started a blog at: and I have an authors’ page on Amazon at:

1 comment :

  1. What did you mean to do in the tramissions of mind end