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DR Zombie's Interview
Dr Tess Gerritsen,
Dr Tess Gerritson
NY Times Best selling Author of Medical Suspense!

Ten Question Interview with  Dr Tess Gerritsen author
of several Bestselling Medical Suspense Novels:

DR Zombie:
Dr Gerritsen Do you Believe in Pure Evil ?

  DR Tess:
 It depends on what your definition of "evil" is.  In my own mind, evil is the existence of pure, unadulterated self-interest with no regard for the lives of others.  In other words, it's undistilled selfishness.  That said, the world is full of evil!  There are many people who would torment others just for thrills -- without the slightest twinge of guilt.

DR Zombie: Why are people so Fascinated with the Serial
Dr Gerritsen -- Because we are fascinated with everything that could hurt us.  I don't know anyone who isn't interested in sharks or dinosaurs or poisonous snakes -- maybe we don't want to be around them, but we can't help paying attention when they're around.  It's merely self-preservation.  If you go into a reptile house of any zoo, you'll notice that people cluster around the poisonous or deadly snakes -- and bypass the harmless garter snakes. 

DR Zombie:Serial Killers tend to be Males, Usually not the
burly Friday the 13th or ultra cool Hanibal Lectors
but rather kind of shy types , Nerds. Why is this?

Dr Gerritsen -- I'm not sure anyone has really answered the question of why they are far more likely to be males.  There are female serial killers on record, but their methods of murder tend to be quieter and more subtle -- they use poisons, for instance.  Part of the reason for this male/female disproportion may be that many serial killers do it for the sexual thrill.  They get turned on by absolute control over another human being.  And men seem more susceptible to these sorts of emotions.  As far as serial killers tending to be nerds, that's not entirely true.  The nerds are probably the more effective killers, as they're organized and able to elude law enforcement for longer periods of times.  There are also disorganized killers -- the ones who are mentally unstable, and far more easily captured because they make careless mistakes. 

DR Zombie: Why do women Fall in Love with Serial Killers?

Dr Gerritsen -- Some women are fascinated by power and fame, and they may be drawn to convicted killers for this reason.  Some of the most notorious murderers in prison have been known to receive massive amounts of fan mail from women.  I suspect that these are women who have no other way to touch fame, and they get a thrill out of corresponding with someone who has achieved notoriety by any means possible. 

DR Zombie: What are some of your Favorite Books?

 Dr Gerritsen-- I am an eclectic reader -- I read across genres, both fiction and nonfiction.  The latest book I'm raving about is OVER THE EDGE: DEATH IN GRAND CANYON by Michael P. Ghiglieri and Thomas M. Myers.  It's nonfiction, about the many people who have died there.  It fits perfectly into my own interests -- dramatic and informational.

DR Zombie:Is the Bird Flu the next Pandemic?

 Dr Gerritsen-- I suspect so.  It scares the hell out of me, because if it's anything like the last pandemic (the "spanish flu") it will kill upwards of 100 million people around the world.  It's currently the greatest threat to mankind I can think of.

DR Zombie: Your views on the use of "Gore" in Films and Novels -- can it elicit Terror?

 Dr Gerritsen-- gore itself doesn't elicit terror.  As a matter of fact, I think that gore onscreen (or on the page) tends to just desensitive us.  Terror is inspired by the ANTICIPATION of gore.  As an example, I think of the movie "Alien," one of my all-time favorite films.  The most terrifying moments were the search for the escaped alien -- not the horrible deaths themselves.  And the most nail-biting moments on film for me came from the followup, "Aliens", when the Marines were sent in to find the missing colonists.  Before a single body falls, before a single death occurs, the audience is riveted to their seats, hands sweating.  I myself find that I avoid "active" gore in my books (i.e., I don't show the actual killings on the page).  The scary stuff happens when you know the killer is stalking, you know the victim is in danger, but nothing has HAPPENED YET!

DR Zombie:A few Your Favorite Horror Movies ?

 Dr Gerritsen-- "The Body Snatchers" (the original), "Alien," "The Omen," "Them."

DR Zombie: Are any Movies in the works? and who would you have
play Jane Rizzoli?

 Dr Gerritsen-- Although I've sold the movie rights to HARVEST, BLOODSTREAM, GRAVITY, and THE SURGEON, no films have yet been made of them.  I have no idea who would play Jane Rizzoli.  But I do see Maura Isles being played by Catherine Zeta Jones!

DR Zombie: Please Tell us abought your Next Book??

 Dr Gerritsen-- My next book is VANISH, which goes on sale August 23.  It's the next in the Rizzoli/Isles series, and it's about a corpse zipped in a body bag who suddenly ... wakes up!

Thank you
Dr Gerritsen for your Time.

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