“Her talk at the high school was both informative and offered great insight into how she gets her inspiration for her novels,” said Chambon.
A now retired physician, Gerritsen first knew she wanted to be a writer at the tender age of 7 but her father had other plans for her. “He told me to go into the sciences so I did and I became a doctor,” she said. “I’ve always loved science and mysteries.”
So after five years in medicine, Gerritsen picked up a pen and started writing while on maternity leave with her son. “I would write a page or two while he was sleeping.”
Best known for her medical and forensic thrillers, Gerritsen’s first published book was a Harlequin romance of sorts. “The publisher called me and asked if I knew how many victims I had in “Call After Midnight”. There were 13 and the told me that was record for Harlequin books. They’d never had that many victims before,” Gerritsen said with a chuckle.
After that, she switched gears and began writing thrillers.
“I’d always loved “Nancy Drew” and horror books and movies. I can blame my mom for that,” Gerritsen said grinning ear to ear. Gerritsen’s mother, a Chinese immigrant, understood little English. “But I think I probably saw every horror movie ever made. Mom could always understand those.”
Gerritsen said when her mother would read her books and her response in most cases was,”It could be scarier”.
“We were very pleased with how gracious Tess was at the dinner and that she is such a warm and welcoming person,” said Chambon.
She continues her tour through Indiana today with stops in Mooresville and Greenwood.