Bits and pieces

 If you’d like to meet some of my other readers, check out the Tess Gerritsen forum over on my UK site. (Although I have to admit it makes me feel a little weird, knowing people are talking about me.)

 And here are a few shots from my trip to Germany!  Here’s me with my publicist, Inge, the German actress Marie-Lou, and the moderator for two of my presentations, Margarete.  We had a grand time at dinner together in Hamburg:

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and here’s another photo, of my reader Jasmin with me in Berlin:


14 replies
  1. Jude Hardin
    Jude Hardin says:

    Very nice photos, Tess. Thanks for sharing.

    I knew a German exchange student in college, and she said the thing about the U.S. was that you couldn’t get good bread here. I’m going to Germany some day just to try the bread. 🙂

  2. Kyle K.
    Kyle K. says:

    Sounds like you had a great time!

    I was born in Germany, but we moved when I was 2, so I don’t remember it at all. 🙁

    Welcome back! We miss your posts!

  3. therese
    therese says:

    Welcome back! I’ve been catching up on all your posts and have to say THANKS again for your information about the inside of the publishing industry and how perseverance is the backbone to success. 🙂

    I loved your comments about great books not getting the readers and lousy ones hitting bestseller stardom. So true! I’ve also wondered about the ‘blind sheep’ readers every time I wander around bookstores. Do people actually read some of those books?

    While you were gone, I think I figured out how I found you, your books and intend to get into your backlist soon.

    I love romances and consider them well-crafted stories with strong themes and high entertainment value. Isn’t that what makes a great book?


  4. GerritsenFever10
    GerritsenFever10 says:

    Hi Dr. G, I have a quick question about The Bone Garden. In one scene you have Rose’s sister dying. In another you have her lying in a coffin awaiting burial. But then the resurrectionist comes and replaces her body with a rock (I think it was a rock). Then you have another scene where her body shows up on the dissecting table with the med students surrounding it and then Norris recognizes it is Rose’s sister lying there but he never really registers it. And throughout the story Rose is led to believe her sister was actually buried that day at the cemetery, while this is actually incorrect. But why did you choose for Rose not to know that her sister wasn’t buried? Norris never mentions it to her, neither does any of the other med students she comes in contact with. I just assumed someone would let her know that her sister wasn’t actually buried at all before the end of the story. Just wondering about that. Thanks!

  5. struggler
    struggler says:

    GerritsenFever10 – not everyone has read TBG yet, even visitors to Tess’ blog, and your spoilers above could disappoint or annoy a few readers-to-be……..

  6. GerritsenFever10
    GerritsenFever10 says:

    OMGosh I seriously didn’t think about that! If Tess would take that off the site I would appreciate it, I was going to just email her but I figured she gets pummeled by emails all the time so I would just post it here. Sorry guys! But that’s not really a major plot spoiler anyway, but I do understand and if I could take it off I would, but unfortunately we aren’t allowed those powers on this blog, only the moderator and Dr. G. Sorry struggler and anybody else who hasn’t yet read the novel (and you’ve read it though right, you know what I’m talking about??)

  7. Sue
    Sue says:

    Just a quick note to let you know I just finished “The Bone Garden” and loved it! Yes, it is different from your others, but very interesting. Keep up the good work!

  8. Tess
    Tess says:

    Gerritsenfever, don’t worry about it! It’s not really too big a spoiler.

    To answer your question, no one tells Rose that her sister’s body was used in anatomy class because it’s such a horrible thing to tell a family member. They wanted to spare her from the pain. I put that detail in there because I realized, from my research, that there are probably many gravesits in New England with empty coffins. Body snatchers took the deceased and then covered their tracks, so that the families have no idea that they’re placing flowers on graves where their loved one no longer rests.

  9. GerritsenFever10
    GerritsenFever10 says:

    Oh good! I thought nobody told her because they wanted to spare her anymore pain and hurt, so that’s good. It was just odd how it kind of faded away, but now I see that’s what needed to happen so she could move on and plus the med students got to operate on someone who had had Puerperal (sp?) fever after childbirth. A learning experience from a tragedy. But it still sucks that her body wasn’t at least put back after they were finished, just out of respect, you know?

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