Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. 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. Tess's first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her books have been top-5 bestsellers in both the United States and abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon.) Critics around the world have praised her novels as "Pulse-pounding fun" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "Scary and brilliant" (Toronto Globe and Mail), and "Polished, riveting prose" (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the "medical suspense queen".
I am happy to answer the questions! Here are the answers:
Why should you read a lot as a writer?
-- Musicians cannot learn to play music if they never listen to music. It's the same for writing and reading. Only through absorbing the poetry of language, and experiencing how other writers put words together, can you really learn to write well. Every successful writer I've ever met has also been an avid reader.
Which book is the first you have ever read? Did it influence you in any way?
-- I'm not entirely sure what the first book I ever read was, but I think it might have been one about dinosaurs. As a very young child, I read that book every night for months and months because I loved it so much. It certainly influenced my interest in science, and it reinforced my fascination with things that are dangerous.
Which book/s are you reading currently and how do you like it/them?
-- I am reading a nonfiction book called AD INFINITUM by Nicholas Ostler. It's a history of the spread of Latin. Since I was an anthropology major in college, I am very interested in the ancient world.
Is there a book you wouldn’t like to get as a present under any circumstances? If that’s the case, what’s the reason for this dislike?
-- Probably any book about sports. I'm simply not interested in sports, with the possible exception of horse racing!
Do you have a favorite author? Which of his/her books do you like most?
-- I'm a very big fan of thriller writers C.J. Box, Nevada Barr, and Douglas Preston. They always manage to keep me entertained.
What do you think, what place has the (pocket) book still today?
-- Since I see people reading books all the time -- on airplanes, on beaches, waiting for trains, it's clear to me that reading books is still very much a part of our lives. I don't see books vanishing any time soon!