31 October 2011 0 Comments

MOZART’S LAST ARIA published in US

My new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA is out Nov. 1 in the US, published by HarperCollins. The book has earned terrific reviews from top writers like Tess Gerritsen, who says it’s a “fascinating historical mystery. A perfect read.” NPR compares it to The Da Vinci Code, and Kirkus Reviews says it “will delight fans of […]

18 August 2011 0 Comments

Lazy Writers and Productive Creatives

There are lazy writers, writers who can’t say no, and then there are creative people who are able to combine their muse with their media. I’ve discovered this in recent months a couple of different ways. First, on a recent book tour, I spent a week at a book festival where I was together with […]

4 August 2011 4 Comments

Sicko Writing: Is Crime Fiction Too Gory?

When I worked as a journalist at a major US magazine, it was clear that readers didn’t respond to hard news. They wanted features. Not fluffy features. Serious features. But they’d had enough of news stories about what happened that week. What did the editors do? They ordered correspondents to write hard news. Because they […]

17 April 2011 0 Comments

From Romance to Corpses: Tess Gerritsen’s Writing Life

Tess Gerritsen started with romance, but soon realized that dead bodies were where it’s at. At least, dead bodies handled deftly by the two most compelling female series characters in thriller fiction, Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles. Her first books were romance novels, but after writing eight of them she switched to medical […]