Tess Gerritsen, author

A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, Adrift, which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson. Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. She has now published 27 books, and her latest book, I Know a Secret, was published this past August. Her books have been published in 40 countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world. They have been top-three bestsellers in the United States and number-one bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Award, presented by the Wolfe Pack for the best American mystery, and the Rita Award, presented by Romance Writers of America. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Now retired from medicine, she writes full time.