My fellow author Gary Braver and I discuss the risks and challenges of writing about a controversial topic. Something we did in our new novel, CHOOSE ME. “In a way it was dangerous because we are treading on sensitive ground and stirring up people because we dealt with this topic,” Gerritsen says. “But our […]
Many of you know about this fun and crazy project I’ve been working on for the past few years, a feature documentary film called Magnificent Beast I invite you to our first virtual screening event! For ten days you’ll have exclusive access to the very first showing of our film. The screening runs from February […]
Coming in summer 2021: a sexy new thriller CHOOSE ME, written in collaboration with my old pal Gary Braver. It’s a story told from both a man’s and a woman’s points of view, and who better to tell that story than both a man and a woman?
I’ve contributed a story “What My Father Never Told Me” to a collection of short stories called IN LEAGUE WITH SHERLOCK HOLMES. I had a fun time exploring the question: what if Professor Moriarty was the real hero? What if Conan Doyle got it all wrong?
There are many ways to tell a story — around a campfire, on the page, and on the screen. A few years ago, my son Josh and I plunged into filmmaking with our first feature horror movie, “Island Zero.” Now we’ve almost completed our second feature film together, a documentary called “Pig.” It was born […]
Love my new UK transit ad for SHAPE OF NIGHT, coming to the UK October 3!
Who is the angry woman whose ghost haunts the Spotlight Cinema at the Strand Theater? Check out my latest video for some clues!
Maine is notorious for having many haunted places. Join me as I explore Fort Knox in Prospect, Maine — a place that’s rumored to hide a ghost or two.
My original title for THE SHAPE OF NIGHT was SHAME. In this interview with “Bookish Indulgences”, you’ll learn why:
The Shape of Night Tess Gerritsen. Ballantine, $28 (288p) ISBN 978-1-9848-2095-2 “This supernatural thriller from bestseller Gerritsen (the Rizzoli and Isles series) ranks with the best of her crime fiction. Boston food writer Ava Colette travels to Tucker Cove, Maine, where she rents Brodie’s Watch, an old house on the coast once owned by […]
KIRKUS REVIEW Running away from the memory of a New Year’s Eve party gone terribly wrong, food writer Ava Collette escapes Boston for a remote Maine village only to face a haunted house and a murder investigation. Bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series, Gerritsen (I Know a Secret, 2017, etc.) returns with a […]
I’m always a little anxious when my publisher tells me they have a new cover design to show me. Will I love it? Hate it? I’m not a visual artist so I’m certainly not one to design my own covers, but I do know what I like, and I know if a cover captures […]
Every thriller writer knows you must never, ever kill a pet in your novel. You can torture and mutilate any number of human beings. You can slice and dice women, massacre men on a battlefield, and readers will keep turning the pages. But harm one little chihuahua and you’ve gone too far. The readers will […]
Here’s the teaser for the episode of “Written in Blood,” where Simon Toyne and I explore the true-crime case that inspired my R&I novel, BODY DOUBLE. it will air in the UK on 10/23, and I’ll be live-tweeting during the episode, answering all your questions! WRITTEN IN BLOOD_S2_EPISODIC 2 – TESS GERRITSEN_TUES 10PM_20
I’ll be appearing on the UK reality TV series “Written in Blood” October 23. For those unfamiliar with the show, the series has a truly cool concept: ask novelists about the true crimes that inspired their stories. My episode focuses on the bizarre case of a family of killers. Fellow crime writer Simon Toyne and […]
Screeners went out to two dozen horror film reviewers and the early reviews are back. As a debut horror film writer/producer, working with a very limited budget, a large cast, the complex topic of climate change, and — yes — a sea monster, I’m thrilled that “Island Zero” is getting a nice reception. And especially […]
A few years ago, on a lovely summer day, my son Josh and I were weeding the garden when I confessed a secret: “I’ve always wanted to write a horror film.” Josh had worked as a documentary filmmaker, and had never made a narrative film, but he was game. “You write it, I’ll direct it,” […]
23 years ago, I got a startling call from my literary agent, Meg Ruley. Up till then I’d been writing romantic suspense novels for Harlequin Intrigue and Harper Paperbacks, but I was hoping to branch out in a new direction. I’d submitted about 150 pages of the new medical thriller I was writing, and Meg […]
Lisa has a wonderful new thriller out, and she and I had the chance to chat with her about her book, how she writes, and what it’s really like to be a bestselling author. Read the interview in the Los Angeles Review of Books.