We Have Winners!!!!!!


The Haunted Contest turned out some seriously creepy, spooky and lovely stories. Thanks to everyone who entered - you're amazing.

Two stories really stood out to me, and both of them win the CASTLE GHOSTS OF SCOTLAND DVD, but the GRAND PRIZE goes to: S.A. Newby for the hair-raising story THE MEN WITHOUT FACES

God, that story freaked me out.

The close second is Barbara Geach's incredibly scary run in with the ghost of Jeffrey Dahlmer.

The rest of the winners have been chosen at random. I will say this, Laura Morefield and Andrea Shlasko really touched my heart with their stories, and Infinitieh and Mary Mac - your ghost pets made me cry...

So, without further ado:

3 $25 giftcards to the winners' choice of bookstore

Tracy Boulet, Donna Christie-Fobert, Mari

5 copies of Daphne du Maurier's REBECCA

Jeff Bennington, Andrea Shlasko, Infinitieh, Merri Bell, Theresa N.

and signed bookplates to all entries.

ALL WINNERS MUST EMAIL ME AT contests@jtellison.com with their information

If you want a signed bookplate, I'll need your address as well, so please send a note to the above email for yours.


Signed copies to Muzette Alcocer, Heather Mays, Jess Moskowitz, Allison Moyer, Frederikke Reimer.

Thanks to everyone who entered - again, if you want a signed bookplate, write me at contests@jtellison.com with your address.

And so closesth the contest. You'll see the winning entry from SA Newby posted here on Halloween.


Crazy day today. It is Thursday, which means it's supposed to be a 10K day. It is also the day after Steve Jobs died, and I will say, I am stll so upset. Even though I knew it was coming, it is sad to see such an amazing mind lost. So maybe I can blame deep thoughts about untimely death on my insufficient writing.

I will say up front I did not write 10K. I wrote 1K. Only 9K short from the goal. Ugh.

In my defense, I tried something new. I got up, showered, dressed, hit a 9am appointment, then went downtown to my husband's office to work. I've done this before in his old office, but he's moved into new digs, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

I won't bore you with the details, but suffice it to say, when he called and asked if I wanted to go to lunch, I jumped at the chance. After lunch, I finally hit a groove, and the same distraction started up.

What is that, you ask?


Oh, my God. How do y'all do it? I know of so, so many people who work in offices. So many authors who write in coffee shops. HOW do you stay focused with all the noise and movement around you?

I either need practice at this, or I need to wrap my head around the fact that I am most productive alone, in silence, a little monk on a couch, and let this whole illusion called "going to work," die. Even with my headphones on, I had to turn the music so loud that it in and of itself was distracting, and I could still hear the guy in the office next door talk. I know I have really sensitive hearing - I'm one of those strange folks who can't stand static on the radio, or the little tap my iPhone charger cord makes when it gets caught in the air from the kitchen vent - tap, tap, tap, TAP TAPTAPTAP! Anything rhythmic and repetitive drives me nuts. I once thought I was losing my mind, hearing voices, and laid in bed debating whether to tell my husband I could hear whispering. I fell asleep instead, and the next morning came downstairs to find my iTunes open and Joyce Bean reading So Close the Hand of Death. Over and over again.

No wonder THE TELL-TALE HEART is my favorite Poe work.

So. I did write 1K, and got a lot of actual thinking done, which is 9/10ths of writing anyway. And tomorrow, I will stay home, in the solitude, and be a little monk on the couch, and write.

In business news: I have partnered with Odyl to run the content on my Facebook Fan Page. I am in love with this app. You can see it in action HERE - I've got a giveaway on the site for a $25 giftcard, so be sure to check it out. And here's some of the stuff that was said about my choice today:

Odyl press release - http://odyl.net/news/award-winning-author-jt-ellison-selects-odyl-for-book-marketing-on-facebook/

My Odyl guest blog - http://odyl.net/if-you-build-it-they-will-come/

Also, this story ran this morning in AllFacebook. Facebook Marketing Tool Odyl Boosts Authors

Cool beans, yeah?


My eyes are crossing and my mind has turned to mush. Why? A six hour marathon session of copyedits on the May '12 book. Done, and turned in, and hopefully I won't have to see it again anytime soon. (You do stop seeing the forest for the trees after a while, and this one feels like I've edited it to death. Of course, they all do at this point...)

OK. I've been holding out on you. I've talked around this for weeks now, but it's time to share. Brace yourselves.

WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE is the last Taylor book for a little while.

Don't panic. It is NOT the end of the series. I fully intend to return to Taylor's world very soon. I can't imagine my life without Taylor in it for very long. And we have so many unanswered questions....

As a writer, you always want to try new things. I've never written anything more than a short story that didn't feature Taylor. It was time to spread my wings. My agent and my house kindly agreed, and we decided that it might be fun to spin off the series with Dr. Samantha Owens as the main character.

Let me tell you - writing from a new perspective has been at once liberating and terrifying. Sam is Taylor's conscience in the Taylor books. I didn't know who she was outside of that.

I do now. And boy, how, is she an amazing character.

The May '12 book is called A DEEPER DARKNESS. I PROMISE I will share the back cover copy very soon. With all the transitions - my editor leaving - my new editor catching up, I want to be absolutely sure we are all good with everything before I do. But soon, chickens. Soon.

So. I'm off to read BREAKING DAWN because I need something fun and engaging and different. Tomorrow I'll be back at it with the sandwich book.

Who's buying the iPhone 4S?


October already? How is this possible???

Well, it has been quite a day! Amanda Knox has been freed from jail in Perugia, Italy, which is very heartening. I admit shutting things off for an hour to watch the verdict - it is so good to see justice done here. I am a firm believer that she was railroaded, and am very happy to see her walk. I smell a massive book deal coming - which will be fascinating. I hope my agent lands her.

All of my signings are behind me, and I have a full, open week of nothing ahead of me. Nothing but writing, that is. With all the hoopla around the launch and such, I haven't been doing a very good job of keeping up with my daily word counts. In my defense, I did have to do one last revision on the May '12 book, which took several days. And then the worst happened. I got the news that my editor is leaving. 

: (

I've been working with Adam Wilson since I started with Mira in 2006, first as an assistant editor to Linda McFall, and then as my actual editor. We've done seven books together, three of which he edited solely, and I'm very sad to see him go. But he's landed a great job with Gallery, and I of all people understand wanting to broaden horizons. And so I must bid him adieu. Thank you, Mr. Wilson, for all your tender loving care with my words, my career, and my ego for the past six years. You will be sorely missed.

Excitement ensued Friday when I got reassigned to the lovely and talented Miranda Indrigo - a legendary Mira editor who I'm convinced is going to take me to heights previously unknown. This process of losing an editor and gaining an editor always has an big effect on your writing. It's hard for it not to. But I've found that the more eyes I have on my pages, the better my work gets, so I look at these moments as opportunities. Will report in what happens next.

So I'm very proud that in the midst of all this craziness, I did finish and turn in the revision, got my inbox cleared, addressed nearly everything I had on my to do list, and today, sat down and CREATED!!!!!!!

It was only 1300 words, but hey, that's better than nothing, right? Realized I am not going to make my self-imposed October 15 deadline, so I may push it back to November 1. I really want to get this book done and stashed away for a rainy day. This is not a goal. This is just something for me. Sometimes you need to write what's in your heart, you know?

Leftover Cottage Pie tonight. I haven't been this excited for leftovers in months.

As always, questions welcome.