J.T. Ellison is the bestselling author of eight critically acclaimed novels, multiple short stories and has been published in over 20 countries. Her novel THE COLD ROOM won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original of 2010 and WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE was a RITA® Nominee for Best Romantic Suspense of 2012.
Ellison grew up in Colorado and moved to Northern Virginia during high school. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College and received her master's degree from George Washington University. She was a presidential appointee and worked in The White House and the Department of Commerce before moving into the private sector. As a financial analyst and marketing director, she worked for several defense and aerospace contractors.
After moving to Nashville, Ellison began research on a passion: forensics and crime. She has worked with the Metro Nashville Police Department, the FBI, and various other law enforcement organizations to research her books.
Her short stories have been widely published, including her award winning story "Prodigal Me" in the anthology KILLER YOU: Stories to Die For, edited by Lee Child, "Gray Lady, Lady Gray" in the anthology , SURREAL SOUTH '11 edited by Pinckney Benedict and Laura Benedict, "Killing Carol Ann" in FIRST THRILLS, edited by Lee Child, and "The Number of Man" in the anthology LOVE IS MURDER, edited by Sandra Brown.
Ellison is a member of several professional writing organizations, including International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America.
She lives in Nashville with her husband and the ghost of a poorly trained cat, and is hard at work on her next novel.