Jim Breslin


Location West Chester, PA
Occupation Writer
Website http://www.jimbreslin.com

Books by Jim Breslin
  • by Jim Breslin
    Oermead Press, 2014.

  • by Jim Breslin
    Oermead Press, 2011.

  • by Jim Breslin
    Oermead Press, 2011.
  • About Me

    My first novel, SHOPLANDIA, released in May 2014, is set in the live television studios of a home shopping network with the same name as the book title. Inspired by my seventeen years at QVC, the novel is told through stories from the perspectives of show hosts, producers and the crew.

    My first short story collection, ELEPHANT, was published in 2011. Several of the flash fiction pieces, including the title piece, appeared in slightly different form here on Fictionaut. "Elephant" was picked up by Metazen after running on Fictionaut. My short story, “The Ex,” and my flash fiction piece, "Egg Shells," was published in the Think Journal. My fiction has also been published in Molotov Cocktail, Turk's Head Review, and Schuylkill Valley Journal. I am the founder of the West Chester Story Slam, a live monthly storytelling event. Highlights from the slam can be found at wcstoryslam.com and a monthly podcast is available through iTunes.

    For seventeen years, I worked to maintain peace and love between celebrities, hosts, viewers and the production crew at QVC. Viewers have described me as both a “marketing genius” and a “mental midget” on the company’s bulletin boards (in separate posts, of course). Throughout this period, I've worked with many celebrities though Joan Rivers once told me I shouldn't drop names.

    I live in the beautiful town of West Chester, PA.

    Why do you write?

    Reading great short stories fuels my creativity, as well as seeing other great works of art. I'm particularly interested in stories that dig deep and reveal something about the human soul.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    My favorite authors are: Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, John Cheever, Larry Brown, Elizabeth Strout, Bernard Malamud, Harry Crews, Charles Bukowski and Roald Dahl. In the past year, I've also really enjoyed Andrew Porter's collection, The Theory of Light and Matter as well as Donald Ray Pollock's Knockemstiff, Bonnie Jo Campbell's American Salvage and most recently, Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin.

    Jim Breslin's Wall

    Charlotte H. – May 24, 2014

    When I just read about your time with QVC I had to tell you that show became my addiction post-Hurricane Katrina. I lost my job, my beloved dog and my comfortable, complacent life but I could watch QVC and forget about it all, for a time. Plus, I scored some great stuff. (Actually I've been working on a story about that time.)

    Emily Smith-Miller – Jun 08, 2011

    thanks for the comment jim, i appreciate the read

    Michelle Elvy – Sep 06, 2010

    Oh! so now, a few minutes later, I'm over at metazen reading Marcus Speh's little ditty, and I find Elephant there! Small world... read it again now, wanted to comment enthusiastically but comments are closed... so here, again: I LOVE IT.

    Michelle Elvy – Sep 06, 2010

    thanks Jim for the comment on Time to Rest. Have not seen you in a while... where you been? Performed my "Elephant" the other night (yeah, discovered flash fiction lends itself to the stage, long story... ) and thought of you: I think of your Elephant often, still. :)

    Michelle Elvy – Aug 02, 2010

    Thanks, Jim, for the comment on A Night of Not Knowing. Glad you liked it. Wondering when you are going to trot out some flashy things at 52|250... Sure would love to see you there.

    Kim Conklin – Aug 01, 2010

    What a compliment! Thanks for the comment on Allergic to Love!

    Tania Hershman – Aug 01, 2010

    Hi Jim, thanks so much for commenting on my story, great to meet you!

    James Lloyd Davis – Jul 31, 2010

    Jim, thanks for the fave and the comment on "The man who killed Molly Bloom." Best of luck on the novel.

    Cherise Wolas – Jul 05, 2010

    Thank you Jim for your lovely comment and star on Lake Chelan.

    Susan Tepper – Jun 28, 2010

    Jim, I'm glad you were able to plunge right in to Insertion Hole (no pun intended either) (sorry, I can't resist being a jerk). You were sweet to read it and comment

    J.B. Lacombe – May 28, 2010

    Jim, thank you for reading and commenting on Somebody to Love. I enjoyed the May challenge! (And I really loved your story Breath, by the way.)

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – May 20, 2010

    Jim, thanks for your kind words on Survivor. Peace...

    Meg Pokrass – May 19, 2010

    Jim - thankyou for your kind words about "Proposal"! -meg

    Michelle Elvy – May 05, 2010

    thanks, Jim, for your comment on Love, Story. Glad you got a laugh out of it!

    Gary Percesepe – May 05, 2010

    hi jim,

    thanks for reading and commenting on my updike piece--

    i posted a sort of response to you there--should have put it here, i now realize--

    oh well--in any case, thanks--and best wishes in your work.

    gary

    Larry Strattner – Apr 28, 2010

    "About Me" sounds like a resume. You don't look any the worse for wear. My wife has always been a QVC fan. Can't imagine how you did it bro'. Thank you for liking Roald Dahl. I feel vindicated.

    Jon Davies – Dec 23, 2009

    Thanks for the comment on my story.

    Jason Henry McCormick – Dec 20, 2009

    Hey, Jim. Thanks for the comment. I threw the Coronas in there because when I was a kid, we used to leave a beer instead of milk.

    Meg Pokrass – Nov 30, 2009

    Welcome! Thank you for your kind words about my story "Them"! I look forward to reading your work. -meg

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