The Origin of a Series
by J.T. Ellison, author of Field of Graves
2003. Nashville, Tennessee. A young writer begins work on her first novel. It’s been eight years since an ill-fated conversation with her thesis advisor, who told her she wasn’t good enough to be published, had her quit writing entirely.
But there is something brewing inside her. A story, about a young cop, the darling of her town, who is faced with her first true crisis. The cop’s name is Taylor Jackson. She is the youngest female homicide lieutenant in Nashville history. She is the embodiment of the writer’s own hero complex––a smart, intense investigator just trying to do the right thing. The cop has a best friend, Samantha Owens, who is the medical examiner. The two grew up together, depend on one another. They shape each other, these two women. One sees the world strictly in black and white—the other sees all the shades of gray. One is quick to judge, full of righteous fury—the other is softer, gentler, more conscientious. Together, they run the city, keeping it free from evil. Athena and Artemis.
The writer works in a vacuum, for herself, to prove that she can still write. She’s lacking confidence and skill, but is driven to tell the story of these two ferocious women and the lives they lead. Day after day, words fall onto the page until there is a story. The first tale to feature Taylor and Sam.
The writer is convinced to try to publish the story. She lands a brilliant young agent, but the story doesn’t sell. “No matter,” the agent says. “Write me a new book.” Heartbroken, the writer wisely listens. She shelves the first effort, and writes a new book. It sells quickly, and so begins the Taylor Jackson series.
But the first effort stays with the writer. A decade later, she decides to revisit the work. After ample revisions, she feels it is ready for the world. She titles it Field of Graves. It is the prequel to both the Taylor Jackson and Samantha Owens series. And now she is thrilled to give it to you.
Said author is New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison, who writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens. Learn more about her at JTEllison.com.
About Field of Graves:
All of Nashville is on edge with a serial killer on the loose. A madman is trying to create his own end-of-days apocalypse and the cops trying to catch him are almost as damaged as the killer. Field of Graves reveals the origins of some of J.T. Ellison’s most famous creations: the haunted Lieutenant Taylor Jackson; her blunt, exceptional best friend, medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens; and troubled FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin. Together, they race the clock and their own demons to find the killer before he claims yet another victim. This dark, thrilling and utterly compelling novel will have readers on the edge of their seats, and Ellison’s fans will be delighted with the revelations about their favorite characters.