If it’s so damn easy, why don’t you do it?

Forgive me for sounding irritable this morning, but sometimes I do something I absolutely shouldn’t do. I Google myself. Any writer who succumbs to the temptation of checking out what others are saying about her books should be warned that what’s out there on the internet ain’t always pretty. After eighteen books and twenty years […]

“Did you sell movie rights to VANISH?”

I’ve been asked this question several times over the last few weeks — and the reason for that question is about to air tonight on the Lifetime Channel. “Human Trafficking,” starring Mira Sorvino and Donald Sutherland, is about the sex trade, and judging by the previews, it features a ruthless crime network that lures foreign […]

Copycat Cover Contest Instructions

Several readers have written to tell me they’d love to enter the COPYCAT cover art design contest (see details on my homepage), but they don’t know how to design on a computer, and would like to mail an actual drawing instead.If you’d like to send in a hard copy design, send your artwork or photograph […]

Getting Your Book on the Bestseller Lists

In last week’s issue of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, there’s a hilarious, semi-tongue-in-cheek article about the lengths some authors will go to to hit the bestseller list:——————————————– “Re: Getting your book on the bestseller lists Here’s what you need to do to make your autobiography I, Me, Mine! a bestseller. No one told you that was your […]

And people say I write fiction.

This story comes from BBC News 19 women rescued from ‘brothel’ Nineteen women who detectives believe were tricked into working as sex slaves have been removed from a massage parlour in Birmingham. The women, aged between 19 and 30, were led from Cuddles on Hagley Road on Thursday evening by a special task force of […]

It’s time to talk about the “F” word

Yes, I mean THAT “F” word, the one I myself never, ever say in polite company. But every so often one of my characters will utter that word, and I know what will happen as a result. I’ll get letters from offended readers, scolding me for using such profane language. “Your story was good without […]

Comments That’ll Make an Author Wince

Well, here’s one of those comments that’ll make an author wince. It was posted anonymously in my guestbook today:”I skipped thru this book, Vanish, and found it to be one of the most filthy, disgusting things I have ever read.” I guess it goes with the territory for any writer who chooses to write crime […]

A Huge Success

Just a quick note to let you know the surgery (a microscopic discectomy) was a huge success, and I feel great! I have to admit, though, as they wheeled me into the O.R. and I saw those bright lights and the surgical team of five standing around waiting for me, I had that instant’s thought: […]

A Conversation with Tess Gerritsen

As I’m about to head off to my adventures with the surgeon’s knife, I thought I’d post, instead of my usual blog entry, a piece that Random House sent out with their publicity packet for VANISH. It’s the sort of creepy backstory that usually serves as the wellspring for my books!————————– A CONVERSATION WITH TESS […]

Reader Email

I recently received this email from a reader who told me about her recent visit to a bookstore.”As I was checking out, the girl asked me about the Robin Cook book I had in my hands and commented that she really liked his books as they usually dealt with medicine. I then told her about […]


I’m off to Cincinnati tomorrow, to meet with the wonderful folks from Kroger. They took on a huge order of VANISH. (And many of my readers have mentioned in their emails that they bought their copies of VANISH in a Kroger’s.) I’ll be signing at two of their stores: Friday, Sept. 16, 4:30 – 6:00 […]


A middle-aged female writer in previously excellent health awakens one night with excruciating pain in her left shoulder and upper back. She describes it as “feeling as though she’s being stabbed with a knife.” The pain radiates down the ulnar aspect of her left arm, and there is numbness of the fourth and fifth fingers. […]


I have the best readers in the world! They were willing to be my scouts, to venture into bookstores all over the country and check out where copies of VANISH were located. And they reported back. Boy, did they report back. I’ve gotten emails from Florida to California, from the Caribbean to Hawaii to British […]

At the Maui Writers Conference

I’m at the Maui Writers Conference now. And I’m so touched by the kindness of my readers, who’ve been emailing me about VANISH and where they’re finding it in stores. I promise, you’ll all get personal replies as soon as I get home Sept. 8th. And the bookmarks will go out to you then, too. […]


Lest an author ever start to feel too cocky, all it takes is a visit to an out-of-town bookstore to remind her of her lowly place in the universe. I’m in Honolulu at the moment, en route to the Maui Writers Conference. Since my book VANISH has just gone on sale, I thought I should […]


I’m off to Hawaii (and the Maui Writers Conference) tomorrow, so no blogs for a few weeks. The timing of this conference, the very week that my new book goes on sale, means I’m unable to go on book tour this year. There’s been a debate in publishing circles about whether book tours really make […]

1. Word of mouth 2. The cover

On MJ Rose’s excellent blogsite (http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/BkDoctorSin/) there’s been some thought-provoking discussion of book packaging and cover design. It’s inspired me to mull over the importance of a good book cover. They say that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but the fact is, readers DO care about covers. If you’re a brand-new author, […]

Sex Change Operations. Sometimes they’re absolutely necessary.

Ho-kay. Truth is, I could dish forever about the business of writing and the mechanics of bestseller lists. Maybe it’s my science background, but I love hard numbers. I love to hear them, share them, exchange them, talk about them. But after I saw how one little number (#17) got me into so much trouble, […]

Hungry for Respect

Judging by the reaction over at Lee Goldberg’s site, http://leegoldberg.typepad.com (a site I normally read with great pleasure), my latest blog entry was a really, REALLY bad idea. It reminds me of my very first entry here, about how maybe this whole blog thing could be a bad idea. It seems that writers who reach […]

T-Minus 18 days until VANISH release!

Haven’t been blogging much due to a steady influx of houseguests. Well, it IS summer in Maine, the time when everyone wants to escape the heat and head north to our little corner of paradise. So what’s the latest in the writing life? To start off, I’m sorry to report that I didn’t drink champagne […]