Monday, September 18, 2006

News: Tess Gerritsen Discusses The Mephisto Club

Physician and bestselling author Tess Gerritsen was recently interviewed by Ray Routhier of the Portland Press Herald.

Gerritsen's latest mystery featuring Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, The Mephisto Club by Tess GerritsenThe Mephisto Club, was recently published by Ballantine.

Asked where she got the idea for the book, Gerritsen replied, "The concept of secret societies interests me. I thought: If there is an ancient bloodline of evil people committing unspeakable acts, wouldn't there likewise be an organization to oppose them? That's how I got the idea for The Mephisto Club — an alliance of scholars who are devoted to protecting mankind."

She adds, "There was so much material to draw from, starting with the Old Testament, as well as ancient Jewish texts and demonic symbolism. The more I learned, the more complex the story became. As I was uncovering this information, so too was my fictional heroine, Det. Jane Rizzoli."

Travelling the world helps inspire Gerritsen and provide new ideas for books. She notes, "As writers, we can exhaust our imaginations by sitting too long at a desk. The real benefit of travel is that it recharges the creative well, and gets us temporarily out of our comfort zones."

Read the entire interview on MaineToday.com here.

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