Jeremy L. C. Jones is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher. He is the Staff Interviewer for Clarkesworld Magazine and a frequent contributor to Kobold Quarterly and He teaches at Wofford College and Montessori Academy in Spartanburg, SC. He is also the director of Shared Worlds, a creative writing and world-building camp for teenagers that he and Jeff VanderMeer designed in 2006. Jones lives in Upstate South Carolina with his wife, daughter, and flying poodle.


Jeremy L. C. Jones has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

The Immense Costs and a Shred of Optimism: A Conversation with L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 92 – May 2014

Cyador’s Heirs, a novel of five hundred and twelve pages, begins with a boy and a girl sitting in awkward silence. Two guards watch them and two more guards watch those guards. The detail is fine and the prose discreet: The boy and the girl sit on a carved wooden bench in the shade beside […]

The Blue Collar Craftsman & the Salesmen on Mars: A Conversation with Ben Tanzer

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 91 – April 2014

Orphans by Ben Tanzer opens with Norrin Radd staring in a mirror. Tanzer isn’t soft-peddling a fiction workshop cliche, here. Pock-marked and shadow-boxing, Radd is pure Willie Loman from Death of a Salesman-meets-Rick Deckard of Bladerunner. “Always be closing!” Radd’s working himself up. Or he’s trying to, at least. “Always be closing!” He needs work. […]

Beyond the Boundary: A Conversation with James L. Cambias

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 90 – March 2014

Above them is ice and around them, the darkling sea. Three cultures—the lobster-like and territorial Ilmatarans, the hyper-sexual and barely constrained Sholen, and the adventurous and somewhat erratic humans—teeter on the brink of conflict. But this isn’t just the story of worlds and cultures, but of individual characters: Rob Freeman, Broadtail, and Tizhos—and, sure, even […]

Dark Hearts & Brilliant Patches of Honor: A Tribute to Manly Wade Wellman

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 89 – February 2014

When Manly Wade Wellman died in 1986, he left behind a wealth of stories and novels that continue to resonate into the new century—the silver strings plucked by a master’s hand. “Manly was first and foremost a storyteller,” said novelist David Drake, who was a friend of Wellman’s and is now the owner of his […]

Driving through a Cloud with Pat Cadigan

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 88 – January 2014

Used to be that Pat Cadigan could “do anything in five thousand words or less,” but these days she’s running a little long. Her stories are bumping up closer to ten thousand. Not much else has changed. Her work remains relentlessly unpredictable, and simultaneously forward-looking and retro-flective. It’s been easiest for critics, reviewers, and fans […]

A Craftsman of No Small Skill: A Conversation with David Drake

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 87 – December 2013

I first met David Drake a little over ten years ago. At the time, I’d read more of his science fiction than his fantasy; I preferred his Hammers Slammers and military SF to his Republic of Cinnabar Navy (RCN) series and other space opera fiction. What I’d read had moved me deeply and answered many […]

Hard Truths in Our World: A Conversation with Bradley P. Beaulieu

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 86 – November 2013

The world of Bradley P. Beaulieu’s, The Lays of Anuskaya trilogy expands ever outward, with windships, mountain peaks, elemental spirits and archipelagos, greed and revenge—endlessly fascinating, always wondrous and evocative, even as the internal conflicts twist and swell and threaten to break even the strongest character. Here is world-building at its best—character and setting intertwined, […]

Deep into the Dark: A Conversation with Lavie Tidhar

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 85 – October 2013

It was easy to write. “I honestly wish I knew why,” said Lavie Tidhar. “Some books are like that. Most aren’t! It just felt right but, you know, I wish that could happen with every book, but the truth is it’s so rare, you just have to be thankful when it happens.” He’s talking about […]

Organic Synthesis: A Conversation with Ken Liu

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 84 – September 2013

It’s very easy to like Ken Liu—to eagerly anticipate his e-mails, to smile knowingly while reading his fiction, to gasp in surprise, to feel your own view of the world twist and bend, loop and wrap around his in some wonderful flowering knot that both binds and opens outward. “I tend to be an optimist […]

Decadence & Buckets of Blood: A Conversation with Holly Black

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 83 – August 2013

Holly Black wrote a vampire novel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and she had a whole lot of fun doing it. It’s hard to pinpoint what Black is best known for or what she does best. Her first novel, Tithe, is a modern fairy tale. Her Spiderwick books tell the story of three children, a […]

Faulty Memories of a Time Long Past: A Conversation with Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 82 – July 2013

The main character of Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders is a gasbag gremlin, a balloon goose, and an air dog. Cap’n Buckle and his crew live in a post-apocalyptic world of devastation, steam power, and snow—constant snow. Indeed, Richard Ellis Preston’s debut novel is powered by “red hot furnaces and boilers,” sizzling […]

Giving Birth to the Dark Monster: A Conversation with J. M. McDermott

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 82 – July 2013

Never Knew Another, the first novel in J. M. McDermott’s Dogsland Trilogy, opens with a husband and wife placing a head on a rock face high on a hill so that the half-demon blood won’t poison the earth. The novel and its sequel, When We Were Executioners, get progressively and deliciously weirder from there. Both […]

Eccentric Relatives and Raw Grief: A Conversation with Susan Palwick

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 81 – June 2013

In the opening moments of Susan Palwick’s Mending the Moon, four-year-old Melinda Soto looks up at the moon and notices the “pits and shadows” for the first time. The moon doesn't look like she was told it should look. It is not “purely white, as spotless and serene as a newly peeled egg.” She wants […]

Assassinating the Reader: A Conversation with Yoon Ha Lee

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 80 – May 2013

Yoon Ha Lee’s collection Conservation of Shadows contains sixteen stories, but seems far faster in the reading. Lee’s many worlds seem to multiply exponentially with each paragraph, and each turned page. There are soldiers and scientists, space travel and dragons, leather-bound books, locked doors, and genocidal rampages. Each tale strains at the edges of possibility. […]

The Military, Magic, and the Misery Ethic: A Conversation with Myke Cole

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 79 – April 2013

In Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole, Oscar Britton is an officer attached to the Supernatural Operations Corps. He might doubt the system now and then, but he puts his life and the life of his men on the line to uphold it. And then he begins to manifest magical abilities. According to the […]

Accepting a More Profitable Shoe: A Conversation with M. C. Planck

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 78 – March 2013

There’s much to enjoy (and admire) about M. C. Planck’s debut novel, The Kassa Gambit. There’s the gritty, well-textured world-building; the lead characters Lt. Kyle Daspar, a “Bruce Willis-like” spy, and Prudence Falling, a “kick-ass . . . but not brash” heroine who holds together a motley crew of space adventurers. The prose stays punchy and tough throughout, […]

Always a New World: A Conversation with Karen Lord

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 77 – February 2013

A man emerges from the sea with news of death. “Our home is no more,” he says. It’s that simple, at first. Complete catastrophe; total loss. But it’s not the end for the characters in Karen Lord’s The Best of All Possible Worlds. It’s merely the beginning, as the men of a once powerful culture, […]

Riding a Whale through an Ocean of Lard: A Conversation with Jesse Bullington

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 76 – January 2013

Two men row a boat above the trees. Below them, eels swim through the branches and bream swirl in birds’ nests. Soon, the two men float over a silt and moss covered town; they hear “unquiet spirits” and remembered laughter. The opening pages of Jesse Bullington’s new novel, The Folly of the World, flow with […]

A Germ of an Idea: An Interview with John Varley

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 73 – October 2012

In Slow Apocalypse by John Varley, sitcom writer Dave Marshall's life is disintegrating. His career has fallen apart. His finances are a mess. His wife isn't really speaking to him. It's all happening in a sort of painful slow motion. Then Marshall stumbles upon a story that just may be his lucky break—a bacteria that […]

The Satirist's Progress: A Discussion with Nick Mamatas and Paul Tremblay

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 72 – September 2012

As a distorted, exaggerated, skewed, and otherwise mutated vision of the reality that surrounds us, satire shares a lot with speculative fiction. It's to isolate humor as the element that separates the two genres, but it's not that easy. As far back as Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal (whose macabre premise could be the stuff […]

In a Carapace of Light: A Conversation with China Miéville

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 71 – August 2012

Intense, immersive, and startling, China Miéville's novels have done more than won many major awards—they've helped change the face of speculative fiction. The English-born fantasist attended Cambridge University, earned a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, and has taught at Harvard University. He's the author of the Bas-Lag series, which comprises Perdido Street Station, […]

To Save Ourselves: A Conversation with Nancy Kress

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 70 – July 2012

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress opens with a deformed teenage boy kidnapping a baby from a hysterical mother. The boy, Pete, has come from the future, using alien technology, to save the baby from the ecological disaster that will soon befall the world she lives in. Pete is […]

Neither the Billionaire nor the Tramp: Economics in Speculative Fiction

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 69 – June 2012

I sat at a table full of professors and tried to explain the idea of world-building. This was five years ago. Jeff VanderMeer and I (along with about a dozen others) were scrambling to put the final touches on Shared Worlds, a writing and world-building camp for teenagers at South Carolina's Wofford College. There was […]

Straightforward & Unadorned Adventure: A Conversation with Michael J. Sullivan

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 68 – May 2012

With The Riyria Revelations, Michael J. Sullivan wrote the books he wanted to read: fun adventures about loyalty and friendship. He wrote all six installments of the series before releasing the first through a small press, and he later self-published the rest at six-month intervals. His readership grew steadily, and by the fourth or fifth […]

Passing Through Each Other: A Round-Table Discussion of Speculative Fiction and Academia

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 67 – April 2012

What do Julianna Baggott and Paul Levinson have in common? Or, how about James Enge and Joan Slonczewski? Nnedi Okorafor and Brian Evenson? Ekaterina Sedia and Jeffrey Ford? For one thing, they all write speculative fiction and they all teach at a college or university. Below, these eight authors discuss the interrelationship of speculative fiction […]

Suitably Strange: A Round-Table Discussion of World-Building

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 67 – April 2012

Imaginary worlds offer readers a time and place that is different from the world they live in. Imaginary worlds offer a fresh perspective, a new POV—a slanted angle of vision. These settings, these places— secondary worlds or "the realm of fairy-story," as J. R. R. Tolkien called them—come with their own rules, their own customs, […]

The Biker Chick Who Rides Her Own Bike: A Conversation with Nathan Long

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 66 – March 2012

Jane Carver gnashes her teeth, shakes her head. Ol' Dutch wants him "a piece." Taunting, heckling. . . he's more of a nuisance than an outright threat to Carver. Besides, Carver's got a record and doesn't need another strike against her, so she throws a leg over her "fat-boy" motorcycle and smokes her Marlboro. She's a self-professed […]

Writing Is Magic: A Conversation with John R. Fultz

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 66 – March 2012

Madness comes to the King "like a creeping fungus in the hollows of his mind." The dark sorcerer returns. The Giants welcome the storm. A Prince must avenge his father's death and take his rightful place upon a distant throne. From page one, Seven Princes by John R. Fultz cracks open like teeth-shattering thunder and […]

Everything's Surprising: A Conversation with Lev AC Rosen

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 65 – February 2012

In All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen, Violet Adams doesn't necessarily want to be a man, but she does want to attend the prestigious, all-male Illyria College. Denied what she desires by social convention, she does what Viola in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and the male leads in Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest […]

Wendigo Waistcoat Spyglass and Other Words with Lisa L. Hannett

INTERVIEW by Jeremy L. C. Jones in Issue 65 – February 2012

In Bluegrass Symphony, Lisa L. Hannett writes of a place that is, perhaps, somewhere (or nowhere) in the rural United States—a place that is inspired, in equal parts, by the American South and Medieval Icelandic literature. "Lisa Hannett weaves words the way the Norns weave fates, elegantly, seamlessly and with just a little bit of […]
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