Two-year anniversary

This month marks the two-year anniversary since I started this blog, back in 2005.  In two years, I’ve written 139 posts, which works out to an average of an entry every five days.   With all the weeks I’ve spent on the road, I think that’s pretty good.  When I began the blog, I wasn’t really sure what I’d write about.  As it turned out, I’ve never been at a loss for topics — my only problem has been finding the time to do it.  I also wasn’t quite clear about why I should blog.  Since then, I’ve realized that this blog isn’t about self-promotion.  It’s not about selling more books or getting my name out there or making people like me.

It’s about catharsis.

Like most writers, I lead a pretty isolated life for most of the year.  There are times when I get riled up about the business, or I learn some interesting publishing gossip, or I get asked a question about the writing process.  And I want to talk to someone about it.  Or I want to rant.  Or I want to dish.

So I talk to you.  And I thank you all for listening. I don’t know if this sells any books, but it does make me feel better.  You are all, collectively, my therapists.

Now I’m giving you all a little vacation from playing psychiatrist.   I have to leave for London and will be traveling for the next two weeks.  First I have a book tour in the UK, promoting The Mephisto Club.  (My UK readers can find my booksigning schedule on my “Author events” link.)  Then I’ll be off to Florida for Bookmania on Hutchinson Island.  I’ll blog all about it when I get back.

In the meantime, you might want to check out this cool contest from the International Thriller Writers:

“It’s a thriller lover’s dream – the chance to win autographed copies of 150 novels by some of the biggest and best thriller authors in the business. That’s right, 150 thrillers, signed by the authors.

Imagine receiving signed books by Joseph Finder, Tess Gerritsen, John Lescroart, Gayle Lynds, and David Baldacci for free. Then multiply that by thirty, because they represent only five of the 150 books you will receive if you’re the winner in the International Thriller Writer’s “150 Thrillers” contest.

The best part? Just by entering you’ll begin receiving the free ITW newsletter, a monthly email newsletter that contains loads of information about upcoming thriller novels, thriller authors and thriller news.

Once you’ve subscribed, you’re entered. The winner will be picked randomly from all entrants, and will receive 150 books from some of the top thriller novelists writing today. Three runner-up entrants will each receive a copy of the 2006 Thriller Anthology, edited by James Patterson. But really, everyone who signs up to receive the ITW newsletter is a winner.”

21 replies
  1. SassyDevil
    SassyDevil says:

    You have a great blog. Both entertaining and informative, especially for writers.

    Fantastic contest! Thanks for telling us about it!

  2. karen
    karen says:

    Your blog sold at least one book – I bought Vanish. I enjoy your blog so much I figured I’d like your book even more. Thank you for all the ranting, dishing and venting!

  3. joe bernstein
    joe bernstein says:

    have a great trip-all fair winds and no rain-and you know it’s a two way street-i really enjoy reading your blog and we get to communicate among ourselves too

  4. Vanessa F
    Vanessa F says:

    As someone who is trying to become a better writer, this blog is as helpful to me as it is to you! Have fun traveling. And you need to come to Texas sometime soon 🙂

  5. Dru Ann L
    Dru Ann L says:

    Have a great trip and if I wans’t a regular reader of your blog, I would not have had the opportunity to meet you.

  6. Amy MacKinnon
    Amy MacKinnon says:

    Thanks so much for blogging, Tess. It’s fascinating to read another writer’s lament, the industry gossip, and to learn about the experiences of all those who post here.

    Hope your trip overseas sells even more books and that you have some free time to enjoy another culture.

  7. JanetK
    JanetK says:

    Geez, my boss is away for two weeks, and now Tess isn’t going to be blogging? I might have to do some work!

    Hope you have a fantastic trip, and be sure to come home safe, okay?

  8. april
    april says:

    Have a safe trip1

    I think this is one of my favorite blogs. It’s a good mix of humor and insight. I’ve often recommended it to others.

  9. GerritsenFever10
    GerritsenFever10 says:

    Bonne chance avec le tour! I have been a member of your blog since you started it I think…at least since you’ve moved it to its new site. I love interacting with you and the others on the site (some of who happen to be authors as well I see).

    I’ll tell my mom that I write on your blog and she’ll say “And she writes back to you?” Of course I tell her that you don’t always have the time to answer every single person’s entry, but you do your best to pick the juiciest ones to respond to I guess. She thinks it’s incredible that an author would actually respond to the COMMON PUBLIC…like you’re not a person or something (go figure haha).

    But anyway, good luck with the tour (that was in french above) and we hope to see you safe and sound back on the blog site soon! Oh, my mom is reading ‘Club now, she loves it…she had been waiting for me to finish it so she could attack it haha.

  10. Charissa
    Charissa says:

    I’m just catching up on all your entries because I have been away, and so busy over Christmas that I haven’t even been on the internet very much. [Which is strange for me.]

    I don’t think I’ve ever been called a therapist, I think I make people *need* to see a therapist most the time. Okay no, I’m kidding. But I do think I scare them with my… weird and anti-social behaviour when I’m stuck in a good book like The Mephisto Club.

    Oh, and would you like to know some great news?? I let my friend borrow The Surgeon. When she goes on holiday… she’s going to try and buy the rest of your books because she loved it so much! 🙂

  11. wheatridge64
    wheatridge64 says:

    I hope you visit southern Ohio sometime. My wife is the BIGGEST fan (no reference to her size intended). I too can’t get enough of your thrillers. A teacher of writing, I especially enjoy your use of lucid simple prose. I’ve recently been reviewing applications for a position of assistant professor of American Literature. You wouldn’t believe the language newby Ph.D.s use as they describe their research. Some professors might enjoy such inflated language, but I certainly don’t. Thanks for the great reads. I hope to enjoy many more of your works.

  12. ScottM
    ScottM says:


    I “found” you just last week. I’ll finish The Surgeon today, the second of your books I’ve read in a few days. The first was Life Support. Wow! You are a GREAT writer!!! Thank you for doing what you do. I’m sure I’ll read all your books and wait anxiously for the new ones.

    Scott in Maryland

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