J.L. Shenstone writes poetry, short fiction, novels and scripts.
What are you working on next?
At the moment I am working on a novel in collaboration with my best friend and co-writer Daisy C. Lythe. We have a website that we are working on also (www.shenstoneandlythe.wordpress.com) which will include all our other endeavours.
I am also getting a collection of my poetry ready for self-publication. This is something I haven't done before so I am learning a lot along the way.
I'm editing a few short scripts I have written and preparing them for competitions, etc. My partner is a producer so we plan to produce one of my short scripts next year. I'm also involved in the NYC Midnight Screenplay challenge (@nycmidnight) which means in a week or two I have to write a short screenplay in 48 hours.
And finally, I'm producing a short film I wrote with Daisy. I'm working with an amazing team of people and I get to see my words come to life, which is always a great honour.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is interesting because I just learned this myself. I discovered that I have spent about twelve years writing poetry and out of the hundreds of poems I have sifted though I am willing to show about 10% of them to the world. This was a humbling experience.
So basically this collection is going to be the last ten or so years of my life with the boring stuff cut out.
Words from a second-hand heart is a collection of poems and short stories by J.L. Shenstone. For anyone who has ever loved. For anyone who has ever wanted to be an artist. For anyone who has reached and missed for a heart, a sentence, the right words, the right time. This is for you.