2 July 2011 0 Comments

The Music of MOZART’S LAST ARIA: The Requiem

In my novel about the death of the great composer, I knew I’d have to give a central position to Mozart’s Requiem, his most powerful piece of music and the one that’s most laden with death — perhaps, indeed, his own. So, in MOZART’S LAST ARIA, there’s a key scene set in the crypt below […]

30 June 2011 4 Comments

Writing Tip #93: Walking and plotting

Readers like to ask writers “Where do you get your ideas?” It’s such a common question at book readings that I’ve noticed writers (on blogs) making fun of people who ask it. Yet it’s rather silly to ridicule someone for asking a question most writers can’t answer themselves. So here’s my answer: I get my […]

20 May 2011 0 Comments

The Music of MOZART’ LAST ARIA: piano concerto in C

Nannerl Mozart, Wolfgang’s sister, ends the concert scene in my novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA with her brother’s beautiful C piano concerto. Here’s the fabulous second movement of the concerto played by the incomparable Catalan Alicia de Larrocha. Listen to more music from MOZART’S LAST ARIA. Watch videos about the book.

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 […]