When charisma is a superpower,
it's a mind-bending force.

“Stilson debuts with an energetic vision of a dystopian near-future America … This cyberpunk adventure delivers plenty of future tech and social commentary to please genre fans.”

Publishers Weekly

About Janet

Janet Stilson lives in two worlds. She is a creative writer whose body of work includes novels, short stories, scripts and a short film. She is also a journalist who has served as an editor and correspondent for many fine publications.

About The Juice

A dystopian, cyberpunk novel about media set a few decades into the future

Jarat Ellington was just an exile from Elite society, trying to lead a simple life, when a genius friend dropped an explosive mystery in his lap. The old pal, Thom Tseng, created a priceless chemical substance called the Juice that turns mildly charming people into almost god-like presences, known as Charismites. But the Juice is stolen, and Thom killed.


The Juice  is ambitious and genre-bending, blending cyberpunk, espionage, romance, and social commentary in a fast-paced story … The main thread is entertaining, tech-centric, and action-packed enough to keep readers engaged to the end.”


“An interesting science fiction cross dystopia story that is sure to open some eyes, especially with its political cross references. I’m looking forward to reading more of Janet’s work in the future!”

—The Nerd Daily

“Janet has written some incredibly original script concepts. She has great instincts and an undeniable talent for writing.”

— Felipe Machado, Independent Producer (“Don’t Breathe,” “The Grudge,” “Crawl”)

The Juice is full of high energy and memorable characters. Its pregnant plot ideas pulled me onto a rollercoaster thrill ride. It is sexy and smart, with a contemporary and assured voice.”

— David Kenin, former executive at CBS & USA Networks

The Juice  is a rollicking, inventive, and insightful read — heady, heartfelt but never heavy-handed.”

— Elizabeth Guider,  Novelist, former executive editor of Variety and editor of The Hollywood Reporter

“Janet is not only a superb journalist but a master of keeping the trolley on the tracks, managing a stable of free-lancers while honing her own craft.”

Marianne Paskowski, Former Editor, Multichannel News

Major Themes and Threads

Janet writes personal, human stories set in larger sci-fi and fantasy worlds.
She explores:

  • Who we trust, and who we simply can’t;
  • The intoxicating power of charisma and magnetism;
  • How advertising and media increasingly influence our opinions and behavior;
  • The ways in which political figures shape public perceptions;
  • How we stay humane in the face of injustice.

Featured Podcasts & Interviews

The podcast Sci-Fi Talk featured Janet

Janet talks about The Juice on The Reading & Writing Podcast

Janet describes some of her favorite sci-fi novels on shepherd.com

Latest Blog Post

Elves and Magpies: The Mysterious Ways Writers Tap Into Rich Veins of Inspiration

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the pods of people who support and sustain our lives. Pods of family members, pods of friends, and (in my case) pods of people who are obsessed with writing fiction. The writer group is made up of people that I know personally and others whose work I admire and who give me a greater understanding of the craft.

I turned to the writer pod recently to gather some thoughts about an enigma when it comes to fiction. It involves a question that writers get asked all the time but many of us find it hard to answer: Where do you get your ideas?

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