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 […]

Publishers Weekly prints my War on Alzheimer’s piece

This appears in Publishers Weekly (August 7) It may be something small, but it’s enough to scare you: you misplace your car keys, or you can’t remember the name of the movie you saw last week. Or your mind suddenly goes blank as you try to retrieve a word that hovers maddeningly out of reach. And you […]

Publishers Weekly review of PLAYING WITH FIRE

Publishers Weekly has not always been kind to me.  So happy to see that they like PLAYING WITH FIRE: On a trip to Rome, violinist Julia Ansdell, the narrator of this haunting standalone from bestseller Gerritsen (The Bone Garden), buys an old music book titled Gypsy from an antique shop. Inside the book, on a loose sheet […]

Join me in the War against Alzheimer’s

I’m looking through my late father’s old photos this weekend, and I came across this one of him in Germany, where he served in the US Army during WWII.  He appears to be wearing an MP armband.  I don’t recall him ever telling me he worked as an MP.  There are so many things he […]

PLAYING WITH FIRE: Kirkus gives it a starred review!

It’s always scary sending out a new book for review.  You never know if critics will praise it or blast it.  The first review for my upcoming novel PLAYING WITH FIRE has just come in, and it’s a lovely one:   KIRKUS PLAYING WITH FIRE [STARRED REVIEW!] Author: Tess Gerritsen Review Issue Date: September 1, 2015 Online […]

Gravity Lawsuit: Why I am giving up

(For background on my lawsuit, please read my January 31st blogpost.) Despite my legal team’s best efforts to demonstrate unity of interest between Warner Bros. and its subsidiary New Line, the court has ruled twice that Warner Bros. need not honor and is not responsible for New Line’s contractual obligations to me. The court also […]

Gravity lawsuit update

(For background on my Gravity lawsuit, read my January 31 blogpost) For a second time, the court has concluded I have not stated a viable claim for breach of contract against Warner Bros. or New Line. My 1999 contract with New Line Productions guaranteed me “based upon” credit, a production bonus, and back-end profits if […]