“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 be more secure, maybe science or medicine. Wanting to please her parents, Gerritsen compromised. She became a doctor, then a writer.

The two disciplines have meshed pretty successfully for Gerritsen. Her medical school lessons and five years as a practitioner have come in handy, helping her create the popular “Rizzoli & Isles” book series about a medical examiner and detective working together. Her characters, Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, are the basis of the TNT TV series “Rizzoli & Isles.” She’s wrapping up work on the 12th book in that series, “Strange Girl.”

And her musical mastery was crucial in “Playing with Fire.”

“I have to be thankful that I had parents who were very demanding,” said Gerritsen, whose father was born in America while her mother was born in China. “I think it was an immigrant thing, striving to succeed, to push their children to succeed. When people talk today (negatively) about immigration, they forget the great energy added to society because of these strivers.”


1 reply
  1. Abe
    Abe says:

    We may feel that our past is history, but what we don’t realize and fully understand is that who we are and what we’ve become is a direct line from our past. My grandparents came to this country hoping to make a better world for their kids and my parents did the same for me. They worked hard and pushed me to be whomever I wanted to be as long as I had the incentive, I was going to make it.
    I followed my gut instinct and always wanted to be a teacher, and here it is, in my 20th year, and I am still at it. Being able to fill those little minds with the knowledge that they be able to use in the future makes it all worthwhile.
    Tess, I think I can speak for your fans out there that we are happy that you decided to become an author. Your books are superbly written and keep us glued to every page. Rizzoli and Isles is a success on television. What’s next? A run for the White House in 2020?
    Thank you, Tess. For adding insight to my life. The best of luck in the coming future.


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