“Island Zero” screens at the Boston International Film Festival

  The horror film I wrote and produced, “Island Zero,” will be screened at the Boston International Film Festival on Saturday April 15 at the Paramount Theater.  If you’re in the Boston area, here’s your first chance to get a look at a movie inspired by those fun old-fashioned creature features that I grew up […]

“ISLAND ZERO” comes to the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival

Our indie horror film ISLAND ZERO is an official selection of the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.  It will be screened in Beverly Hills on February 21 at 10 PM at Laemmie’s Beverly Hills Music Hall Theater, 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills.  If you’d like to get the general public’s first peek at our monster […]

First look at the new horror film I wrote: “Island Zero”

Our film trailer is now up over at the terrific horror film site FunSizeHorror.com.  They have an exclusive on our film trailer for “Island Zero” as well as some production comments by our director and producer.  Have a look! http://www.funsizehorror.com/community/island-zero-exclusive-trailer-filmmaker-commentary And visit the Island Zero website: https://www.islandzeromovie.com  

“Incendio” sheet music for solo piano now available

A number of musicians have written me, asking if the sheet music for my composition “Incendio” is available.  I’ve just written a solo piano arrangement, and a digital version is now available on Amazon.com.  “Incendio” is the theme music to my novel PLAYING WITH FIRE, about a Jewish violinist in WWII Venice who composes a […]

Our performance of “Incendio” in Hannover, Germany

We played the piece in a gorgeous church — beautiful acoustics!  With violinist Joerg Widmoser, who played his own cadenza for the event.  

On making our indie horror film “Island Zero”

Recently I was interviewed by radio host Bill Knapik about writing books — and making indie horror films.  For more info on our upcoming film “Island Zero,” visit the IMDB page.  “Island Zero” is now in post-production.  

“PLAYING WITH FIRE” Book Club questions

Things to think about as you read PLAYING WITH FIRE: –The pediatric neurologist believes that Lily may be suffering from “Complex Partial Seizures.” What are the symptoms? What does the patient experience?(for more information, visit: http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/types-seizures/complex-partial-seizures) — What seems to be the trigger for Lily’s apparently violent acts? –Listen to the music “Incendio.” Can you […]

My interview on BBC Radio

Just got home from the UK.  Thought readers might like to hear my short interview on BBC Radio: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07kld79#play

“Incendio” as I first dreamed it

I was going through my iPhone today, discarding old photo and voice memo files, and I came across a voice memo that I recorded almost two years ago.  It is, as far as I know, the very first recording of the “Incendio” melody, which I made while sitting at the piano.  I had dreamed of […]

About my career as novelist, screenwriter, and composer.

A lovely interview with writer Elizabeth Heiter for ITW’s “The Big Thrill.”   Meet Your Heroes: Tess Gerritsen Interviewed by ELIZABETH HEITER Tess Gerritsen is one of my favorite thriller writers — someone who’s been published for nearly thirty years, penning romantic suspense, medical thrillers, a popular crime series that prompted a TV series, as well […]

A conversation with Lisa Unger

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger is one of my favorite thriller writers.  Her new novel INK AND BONE will be out June 7 — and it’s fabulous.  We recently had a wide-ranging conversation about writing, life, guns, nightmares, and more.  Thought you’d all enjoy what two otherwise ordinary ladies talk about when the subject […]

“For Tess Gerritsen, success brings more artistic freedom”

A lovely article in the Portland Press Herald today: Gerritsen credits her parents for pushing her to be successful and well-rounded. When she was 7 years old Gerritsen told her father, a Chinese-American restaurant cook, that she wanted to be a writer. He told her to study hard and seek out a career that would […]

PLAYING WITH FIRE is a Thriller Award nominee!

International Thriller Writers has nominated my 2015 novel PLAYING WITH FIRE for a “best hardcover” award.  The awards ceremony will be held in New York on July 9.  Time to break out the formal gown!  

On writing, creativity, and staying in balance

A radio interview with Bill Knapik about everything to do with writing. https://youtu.be/QwhxxJH59-Q

Latest Review Roundup: PLAYING WITH FIRE

Los Angeles Times: “Playing With Fire” will make readers drop everything to immerse themselves in its propulsive dual narrative. As beloved as Rizzoli & Isles may be, they can go on sabbatical more often if that gives Gerritsen time to craft terrific thrillers like this.” Cape Times, South Africa: “A sensitive look into a very painful […]

15 minutes with author Tess Gerritsen

Radio interview recorded recently with KYMN radio, Minnesota.  Hear all about how I wrote PLAYING WITH FIRE, composed the music “Incendio,” and collaborated with concert violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou.    

Are e-books making us sloppy readers?

When I was young, one of the great pleasures of reading mysteries by Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie was the challenge of spotting clues and finding the villain before the fictional detective did. It required careful reading, and taking the time to ponder the evidence. I fear readers today don’t have the same patience. […]

“Incendio” — theme music to PLAYING WITH FIRE now available

The full 7-minute recording of my composition “Incendio,” theme music to PLAYING WITH FIRE, is now available for download on: iTunes  and Amazon.com, Spotify, Google Play, Microsoft, iHeart Radio, Tidal, KKBox, and other sites. For non-US listeners, you can purchase the music at: UK: Amazon.co.uk Germany: Amazon.de France: Amazon.fr Italy: Amazon.it Japan: Amazon.jp Spain: Amazon.es Performed by […]

Suing Hollywood: why writers always lose

A screenwriter friend of mine, currently involved in a copyright infringement lawsuit against a studio, recently sent me this article written by Steven T. Lowe, a Los Angeles entertainment attorney.   It’s a pretty depressing piece.  Mr. Lowe explains why writers who’ve had their stories stolen by movie studios face impossible odds finding justice in […]