Janet Stilson chronicles the adventures of real-life people and businesses as both a correspondent and magazine editor.
She also writes film scripts, novels and short stories that largely fall in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. The way stories in those realms can illuminate the human spirit in off-kilter ways fascinates her immensely.
Based on her film script "Jaguar Trail," Janet was selected to be part of the Writers Lab for Women, which is funded by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman and organized by New York Women in Film & TV as well as the collective Iris. "Jaguar" is a tale of suspense shot through with a climate change theme. She scared herself silly researching what scientists believe the world will come to look like in decades to come, and that inspired the world of the story and its beat-the-clock plotline.
Another one of Janet's feature film scripts, "The Beauty of Disaster," is a dark-edged dramedy about a psychic con, based on her research into the secretive world of fortunetellers in Greenwich Village (who entertained her to no end). The script was short listed by three film competitions: American Accolades, the Austin Film Festival and the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.
Janet wrote and produced a short film based on "The Beauty of Disaster" feature, which screened in Los Angeles and New York several times and was honored with an award from the Best Shorts competition. It has been licensed to a cable channel.
Janet got her "chops" as a journalist at the storied showbiz bible, "Variety." At the time, she was the only female in the New York bureau, whose other inhabitants ranged from crusty elderly men and younger sorts who threw phones across the news room from time to time to emphasize a point.
Eventually she began the editor of a magazine called "Multichannel News International," which tracked the expansion of media companies around the world and afforded her many busman's holidays in places like Shanghai, Paris and Australia - for which she is immensely grateful.
She went on to write freelance stories for many fine publications, including "The Los Angeles Times," "The New York Times," "Adweek" and "The Financial Times."
Janet has also worked as a consultant and research analyst, specializing in the business of media. Through her own private consultancy and in conjunction with others, she has provided services to such clients as Liberty Media, Microsoft Corp., Oxygen, Discovery Communications and MTV Networks.
She has been an artist in residence at Dorland, a retreat in Southern California; the Julia and David White Artists’ Colony in Costa Rica; Odysseys, also in Costa Rica and La Muse artists' retreat in France.
Janet lives in Harlem, New York with her husband, David, and two spoiled cats. It's a far cry from her childhood home in a gorgeous upstate New York town called Franklin, which cars pass through in almost the blink of an eye.