Monday, March 22, 2010

Interview with JT Ellison

JT Ellison interview with Steve Weddle from Steve Weddle on Vimeo.


By Steve Weddle


On Saturday, March 20, JT Ellison and I sat down in Charlottesville, VA -- at a hotel bar with excellent service -- to talk about her book, THE COLD ROOM.

HE CAN ONLY TRULY LOVE HER ONCE HER HEART STOPS

Homicide Detective Taylor Jackson thinks she's seen it all in Nashville—from the Southern Strangler to the Snow White Killer. But she's never seen anything as perverse as the Conductor. Once his victim is captured, he contains her in a glass coffin, slowly starving her to death. Only then does he give in to his attraction.

When he's finished, he creatively disposes of the body by reenacting scenes from famous paintings. And it seems similar macabre works are being displayed in Europe. Taylor teams up with her fiancé, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, and a New Scotland Yard detective named James "Memphis" Highsmythe, a haunted man who only has eyes for Taylor, to put an end to the Conductor's art collection.

Has the killer gone international with his craft? Or are there dueling artists, competing to create the ultimate masterpiece?

3 comments:

Scott Parker said...

Boy, that was a wonderful interview. I'll admit that I'm an avid reader of Ellison's Murderati columns (loved the "Writer's Life" pieces in 2008)...but have yet to read one of her novels. [shielding body; averting gaze] I know, I know. It's on The List.

I appreciated the comments about gratuitous violence and how it's often too much. Having a serial killer novel without blood is very intriguing. I may have to read this one first.

Theme song and soundtrack: I know that many folks make a soundtrack for the "movies" in their heads but it's nice to know that others also create a theme song: that one tune that gets you right back to where you need to be to write.

Laura Benedict said...

"...there's something out there for everyone." Indeed! This was a terrific interview--it's always great to hear a writer talk about her work, to see as well as hear her reactions to the questions.

Just finished The Cold Room today. Am totally in creeped-out awe of your mad villain skilz, dearest J.T. Go, you!

JT Ellison said...

Thanks so much for having me! Steve does a great interview, as y'all can tell.

Scott, it was a lot of fun to conceive, I'll tell you that.

Mad Skilz. I think I need that on my site : )