Thursday, February 25, 2010

JT Ellison

JT Ellison is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Taylor Jackson series, including All The Pretty Girls, 14, Judas Kiss, and The Cold Room.

Earlier this month I asked her what she was reading. Her reply:
Don’t laugh, but I’m in the frantic last week prior to a book release, waiting on copyedits for my October book, and trying to write my 2011 book, which means I’m not in a good way when it comes to reading. The closer I get to these big dates, the less fiction I can manage. I’m not sure why that is – guilt, probably, that I’m being swept away when there is so much work to do.

But without reading, I go a little mad, so I have to find a compromise. And that is non-fiction. I’ve never been much of a read non-fiction for pleasure kind of girl until the past year or so. I read a lot of non-fiction for research, of course, but it wasn’t until a friend recommended The Accidental Buddhist by Dinty Moore that it hit me – non-fiction can be fun, too!

With that in mind, I’m currently reading Michio Kaku’s Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel. Kaku is one of those frighteningly brilliant scientists, you know the kind, the ones who figure out the whys behind the universe. He developed string theory, the basic “theory of everything.” It’s rather cool stuff, and Kaku has a knack for explaining the most mind-boggling theorems in plain English.

In Physics of the Impossible, Kaku takes examples from science fiction phenomena, things like intergalactic space travel and invisible shields and time machines, and shows just how close we are to being able to do those things. The book is broken into three levels of impossibilities – ones that are close to happening, far away from happening and will never happen. I’ll leave it to you to read this fascinating book and see which is which.
Learn more about the author and her novels at J.T. Ellison's website.

My Book, The Movie: the Taylor Jackson series.

--Marshal Zeringue