On A Nashville Memory

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Nine Mile Hill, so creatively named because it was exactly nine miles from the heart of downtown Nashville, the Cumberland River, afforded Taylor a lovely panoramic view of the city. The sun was setting behind her, catching the reflection off the Lifeway warehouse. The skyscrapers and the Capitol building that made up Nashville’s skyline were bathed in a rosy copper reflective glow, shimmering like an urban mirage. Taylor had lived in Nashville her entire life, but had never seen this vision. It was gorgeous and filled her, making her feel whole and drowsy. She was tempted to pull over and watch until it disappeared, but the sun did the trick for her, shifting slightly in its evening zenith. The mirage faded, and the downtown Taylor knew reappeared.
— Excerpt From: J.T. Ellison. “Judas Kiss.”


Today marks the end of an era for Nashville. The Lifeway complex was demolished this morning to make way for the new area of town that will be called Nashville Yards. Change is inevitable, especially in a city like ours, that’s growing faster than many of us can keep up with, but it’s always hard to see icons disappear.

Watching this piece of Nashville history implode into dust, I reminisced about a phenomenon few have had a chance to see — and now, never will again — the Lifeway henge. It happened so quickly I wasn't even able to take a photograph. It was an experience that made it into the Taylor novel I was writing at the moment. I’m so glad to have seen it, and to have recorded it for posterity in Judas Kiss. And now it fades into the fabric of our ever-changing city. 

Sneak Peek: A WORD ON WORDS with Alan Furst

photo credit:  NPT

photo credit: NPT

I had the great honor of interviewing Alan Furst for A WORD ON WORDS, and I can’t wait for you to see this one. I posed a question about our fascination with World War II, and Alan’s answer blew my mind and clarified everything about the genre. I’ll never look at it the same way again (and yes, it sparked an interest in the time period for me as well, which you may see in an upcoming book…)

Win-win interview, right?

Loved his book, loved meeting him. Great guy and lots of fun for y’all. 

A Brief History

December 2, 2007
Breathing easier after getting this great review from my old boss at Reviewing the Evidence

November 9, 2007
Here's an essay about my path to publication -- "Piecemeal Avenue" courtesy of Dear Author

Piecemeal Avenue has just been picked up by USA Today!!!!

And... Ron Wynn at The Nashville City Paper gives All The Pretty Girls a wonderful and in-depth review

November 7, 2007
My very first print interview -- Down and Dirty in the Nashville Scene

November 6, 2007
Here's a lovely review of ATPG by Diana Risso, Romance Readers Today

Also, another great one from Jean Hanke at ReadertoReader.com

November 2, 2007
The first pictures from the book launch are in...

October 31, 2007
Check out this fabulous review in BookPage!!!

October 30, 2007
A Word on Words Podcast -- John Seigenthaler interviewed me for A Word on Words, Nashville Public Television. The program aired on Sunday, October 28. What an incredible honor!

October 23, 2007
ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS is on sale. Oh my! What a cool feeling!

October 10, 2007
The Nashville Scene Features our Southern Festival of Books Panel in the Best of the Fest Picks!!!!

October 9, 2007
A great review just in from Library Journal!

October 7, 2007
4 Stars from Romantic Times!!!!!

September 29, 2007
Here's a quick interview from this year's BEA, posted by Moving Stories TV


September 25, 2007
A very nice review from Romance Reader at Heart!

September 6, 2007
Sarah Weinman chooses ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS as a Pick of the Week on Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind