Your new book 15 Poems - in a few words, what is it about?
Michael. It's a simple 15 page (approx.) book about poems I wrote in lockdown and during these cold
Being a filmmaker and YouTuber first and foremost,
what inspired you to release a book of poetry?
subjects and experiences during the last 18 months or so, made me write
the 15 Poems e-book. Being from Nottingham, England, and being
in town one day as the world was re-opening (spring 2021). made me go
it felt good to do something with the writing I had put together and it'd
been just sitting there.
your sources of inspiration when writing your poems?
say locations and moods and experiences inspired the writing as a whole. A
mix of feelings towards feeling productive during the evenings and wanting
to express something creatively.
would you describe your writing style?
I'd say my writing style was a little bit urban, a bit traditional, sometimes
raw and honest as it can be in the moment. It can also be creative and
flow into other creative media like asking others to record the poems for
What's a typical
writing session like when you're working on a poem?
goes with a mood-set or it can go like that. The rest should flow. I also
know that writing isn't the easiest thing in the world to pull out of thin
air. I guess again, it depends on the mood. I write and if I'm happy, I'll
ask a friend or a good voice-over artist to record the writing or poem,
then set it to visuals on YouTube.
and writers who inspire you?
great, late Johnny Cash (songwriter & writer). As a child, storybooks
from Roald Dahl, comicbooks, and fantasy adventure books. As
to add, the most inspiring people are those that do writing for a living,
Ann Massey (who writes for Spooky Isles online) and other friends that
are independent, hard-working writers in different fields.
As mentioned above, you're
better known as a filmmaker - so how does making a movie compare to
creating poetry, and does either inform the other?
strange thing is, I've always kind of used poetry in some fashion as a narrative to try and tell a visual short film or video on YouTube.
have to mention writers like Ann Massey again, who have helped me with
YouTube videos. A shout out to actor Rod Glenn [Rod
Glenn interview - click here], who has narrated my work,
along with Massey and dark poet Andrea Van Scoyoc [Andrea
Dean Van Scoyoc interview - click here].
$64-question of course, where will 15 Poems be released?
Kindle as it stands at the moment.
intentions to write more poems, maybe one day release another collection
would be a great idea. The creative journey is always ongoing. It gives
goals for future outlets.
... and since this is a film website, any movies
planned for the foreseeable future?
I appreciate your time. My YouTube channel has all sorts of short film
creations and creative videos. The last proper thing I filmed was The
Curse of The Crimson Creeper (2021), a short film featuring my
friend Bayden Redshaw (aka Baydzone on YouTube) [Bayden
Ray Redshaw interview - click here].
While we're at it,
also talk about your YouTube channel for a bit?
been a different direction. I've managed to find older video footage and
re-edit newer, better videos these days. I feel much happier in my
abilities and editing. That's
not to say that I don't get lost for ideas, sometimes. With video platforms, you have to keep things flowing and relevant or targeted at
your friends and peers to get noticed.
Feeling lucky ?
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else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
do visit Amazon Kindle for 15 Poems by John H Shelton and my
main YouTube channel: http://www.YouTube.com/MrSheltonTV2
out to the indie film scene and its hard-working filmmakers and amazing
actors. Also, if you've got time this festive season, check out A
Mr. Shelton Christmas Special from 2016 and some of my Vlogs and
edited music videos.
for the interview!
you for your time, good sir, as well. Stay safe and be creative.