Tess Gerritsen has written and published more than 20 different books including "The Bone Garden," "Harvest," "Life Support," "The Surgeon," "Vanish," "The Mephisto Club," "Last to Die," "Thief of Hearts" and "Presumed Guilty." Her first book was published in 1987.
Gerritsen is an American novelist who was born in 1953 in San Diego, California. She is the daughter of a Chinese-American seafood chef and a Chinese immigrant. Gerritsen was inspired to be a writer at a young age after reading Nancy Drew books, but her parents were concerned that she would not be able to make a living as a writer and encouraged her to pursue a more lucrative career. Gerritsen attended Stanford University and got a bachelor's degree in anthropology, then went on to study medicine and get her medical degree from the University of California. After graduation she moved to Hawaii where she worked as a physician.
Even while working as a physician, Gerritsen dreamed of being a writer. Gerritsen submitted a winning short story to a local competition while she was on maternity leave from being a physician, which helped her gain the confidence to write romance novels like the ones she loved to read. She wrote two unsuccessful books, but finally got a novel published in 1987 and went on to publish more than 20 books. She has sold more than 25 million copies.