Tess Gerritsen was in Australia just a few weeks back, promoting her latest novel, The Silent Girl. Tess in a Chinese American who is actually named Terry, but decided to ‘feminise’ her name when she started out writing romance novels. She always wanted to be a writer, but her family indicated that an established career would be financially safer to begin with. Thus her career began as a medical doctor in 1979, however her love of writing was still there, publishing her first Harlequin romance novel in 1986. Several more ‘romance thrillers’ followed and in 1996 she published her first medical thriller Harvest. From there her already successful writing career exploded resulting in several awards and fourteen more novels!