July 22, 2011 9.21 am This story is over 150 months old

Tess Gerritsen talks about new thriller

Author talks: A horror writer will be visiting Lincoln for the second time ever today. The Lincolnite catches up with her.

Waterstones on Lincoln High Street will be playing host on July 22 to the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author, Tess Gerritsen.

Lincoln is one of only seven Waterstones’ in the country to feature in her England tour. Other stores to be visited by the author of the celebrated Rizzoli & Isles series will include Cambridge, Liverpool and Nottingham.

This will be Gerritsen’s second appearance in Lincoln, where she will be returning to store for a book signing and to give a talk on her latest release THE SILENT GIRL.

“I truly enjoyed my last visit because it was such an enthusiastic audience. I’m delighted to come back, because this gives me a chance to talk about a more personal topic, and my special connection to THE SILENT GIRL.”

Gerritsen relishes meeting her fans and talking about her books. She is particularly excited about her latest release and will be discussing the gothic inspiration behind her gripping new thriller.

“I like having the chance to give more background to the story. This book, for instance, draws from my Asian- American heritage, and from the ghost stories my mother taught me.

“I know that quite a few people are not aware of the legend of the Monkey King, or the nuances of martial arts, and I love sharing the details that inspired this story.”

Gerritsen is no stranger to these kinds of events, traveling around the world to promote her critically acclaimed crime fiction titles, often performing to huge audiences.

“In the US, I’ve given talks to audiences of 500. A bit overwhelming!”

Gerritsen has enjoyed great success with her work. Her books have been translated into 37 different languages and she has sold more than 20 million copies of her books worldwide.

Despite having trained in medicine and also dabbled in other genres, she explains that writing crime fiction has always been her passion.

“It allows me to explore every aspect of human behaviour. And as a child, I was a huge fan of horror movies, so frightening an audience comes almost naturally to me.”

Gerritsen is currently working on her tenth Rizzoli & Isles novel and reveals that it promises to be a dark and thrilling read.

“No title yet, but I do know it takes place in an isolated school in Maine, where bad things have started happening…”

Tess will be at the store from 12:30pm. Tickets are £3 each and will be available to buy on the door for anyone who is interested in attending.

For further information you can also contact the branch on 01522 540011.