Josh Jones

“We’re past the age of heroes and hero kings. … Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it’s up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting.”
—John Updike



Completed manuscript: SHELTERED


We’ve seen the shaggy beards, the dirty clothes, and the vacant looks. Derelict campgrounds emerge overnight. Alcohol soaked beggards falter down sidewalks. We may feel empathy; we may feel scorn. We contemplate what actions or decisions render a decrepit alleyway as one’s residence for the night; and if such fate has befallen a person, how do they ever come back?

Sheltered follows Joe, a chronically homeless person struggling with mental illness, on his path back to securing safety. With the help of Malik, a housing coordinator at Crossroads Emergency Men’s Shelter, Joe navigates the emotional minefields of social services, emergency room admissions and personal isolation to once again find a life beyond homelessness. From chaos into relative stability, Joe redefines success for himself, providing an intricate new perspective on what we all need to remain intact as individuals.