International best-selling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Gerritsen first went to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.
While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed up with eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift” which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.
Her first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times best-seller list. Her suspense novels since then have included: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), The Bone Garden (2007), The Keepsake (2008), Ice Cold (2010; UK title: The Killing Place), The Silent Girl (2011), and Last to Die (2012).
Her books have been best-sellers in the United States and abroad, and have been translated into 37 languages. More than 25 million copies have been sold around the world. She has received the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award (for Vanish.)
Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TNT television series “Rizzoli & Isles,” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.
Now retired from medicine, Gerritsen writes full-time and lives in Maine.
Visit Gerritsen's website: www.tessgerritsen.com
This event is part of the 2012 Literary Festival.