Who says thrillers need to be set in Washington, DC, Moscow, Hong Kong or Istanbul? Don’t exciting and mysterious things happen in small cities around the world? JT Ellison, a New York Times best-selling thriller novelist and our RJ Julia Author Spotlight for December, certainly thinks so. Her 12 critically-acclaimed novels mostly take place in Nashville, Tenn., a far cry from the gritty world capitals that tend to dominate the genre.
A former presidential appointee in the White House and U.S. Department of Commerce and government contractor, JT has brought big-city insight to the small town. She has studied forensics and crime and participated in ridealongs with the Metro Nashville Police Department and the FBI to give more realism to her stories. She’s even observed autopsies and has studied survivalists, ensuring that she gets every detail right.
JT will be mapping her Lieutenant Taylor Jackson series and Dr. Samantha Owens series over the course of the month, sharing interesting insight about each place with her readers—including this tidbit about the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville: “This is one of my favorite places in Nashville. I love the Oak Bar, and learned how to drink scotch here. I like Talisker, by the way.”
Cheers, JT! We’re all looking forward to exploring the dark corners of your hometown of Nashville. Check out JT’s map here.