Probably the best article ever written about me

I blush at the attention.  You know, some things I never get used to — and that includes seeing my own photograph in a newspaper.  But this article was in-depth and nicely written, and I can’t resist posting it here.  Bob Keyes made me so comfortable that I even revealed my age (!) which, as I get older, I’m more and more reluctant to do. 

And to think that when I was in my twenties, I thought that women who hid their ages were pitiful.

14 replies
  1. Dru
    Dru says:

    Great article. I can’t wait to pick up my book tomorrow and I’m looking forward to next year’s Rizzoli & Isles book. I like the topic.

    Enjoy your book tour.

  2. joe bernstein
    joe bernstein says:

    you still don’t look close to your age-it must be that healthy sea air in camden(although i live near the ocean and it hasn’t amde me look younger :))

  3. cmmiller
    cmmiller says:

    That was a great article. Though I will admit it was hard to read because of the amount I salivated over your study!

  4. GerritsenFever10
    GerritsenFever10 says:

    Wow, I can’t believe you…your new book isn’t even out yet (one day yay!) and you’re giving away tantalizing hints about your next one!!! Well, at least I know I can depend on somebody to write a damn good book at least once a year 😉

  5. Tom Young
    Tom Young says:

    Awesome article… loved the first line, obviously written before the crash into cyber darkness.

    Looking forward to my book buying expidition later today

  6. Kyle K.
    Kyle K. says:


    How can you work with the wall slanting in on you like that?!

    It says you live in Camden… Are you going to the Literary Festival there next month? I know Gary Braver and Matthew Pearl are going to be doing a panel together (I’m guessing about thrillers)… You going to be involved in that at all?

    **Crossing my fingers for good first-day Bone Garden sales!**

  7. tuttle
    tuttle says:

    Cool- you write in long hand!

    And listen…your books have sold FIFTEEN MILLION COPIES….that means people like yor work and keep buying the new stuff-

    you are GOOD!
    Relax and enjoy!

  8. Tess
    Tess says:

    Kyle, yes, I’ll be at the literary festival in Camden — in fact I’ll be on the same panel as Gary Braver and Matthew Pearl, so it should be a lot of fun!

    Glad everyone liked the article. And yeah, the eaves do slant in a little, but there’s plenty of space in the middle!

  9. knaster
    knaster says:

    Hi Tess,

    C’mon, give me a break! You’re 54? It must have been a typo. It must have been 34.
    Good luck on your book tour. We love ya!

  10. bob k
    bob k says:

    Hi Tess,

    I am curious about your writing process – perhaps you will answer these questions for us all here:

    1.) The article said you write 4 pages a day…is that a minimum you set for yourself? What I am wondering is really – if you get on a roll, do you stop at 4 pages…or is 4 pages the minimum you’ll accept from yourself on a tough day when the words aren’t flowing well?

    2.) How does 4 handwritten pages compare to pages in the final book? Is it nearly 1 for 1? Or do you need to write many more pages than the the number of book pages (either because of the size of your writing vs the size of type or because you may circle back and drop sections completely, etc.)?

    3.) When the book transitions from ink on paper to computer – do you type it in yourself? If so, is that tedious or do you edit as it goes in?


  11. BernardL
    BernardL says:

    It was a very interesting article. You should never be reluctant to let people know how old you are, Tess. Rather than pointing out how little you’ve experienced, you highlight how far you’ve come. 🙂

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