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Greensburg, PA – Bestselling medical suspense author Tess Gerritsen will speak on "Making the Bestseller List" at Seton Hill University Saturday, June 28th in Cecilian Hall. The lecture, a part of Seton Hill’s Writing Popular Fiction Master’s Program, is free and open to the public.

Tess Gerritsen was born and raised in San Diego, California. She earned her B.A. in anthropology from Stanford University and her M.D. from the University of California , San Francisco. She completed her internal medicine residency in Honolulu, Hawaii, along with her husband, also a physician.

While on maternity leave from hospital work, she began to write fiction. She published her first novel, the romantic thriller Call After Midnight, in 1987, and followed it up with eight more novels of romantic suspense. She also wrote the screenplay Adrift, which aired in 1993 as a CBS Movie of the Week.

Gerritsen’s first novel of medical suspense, Harvest, reached the New York Times bestseller list. The novels that followed, Life Support, Bloodstream and Gravity also became national bestsellers. Author Stephen King calls Gerritsen "an automatic must-read in my house."

Gerritsen lives with her husband and their two sons in Maine.

A book signing at 8 p.m. will follow Gerritsen’s lecture.

For more information on Seton Hill’s Writing Popular Fiction Program, or for driving directions and a campus map, please visit For information on Tess Gerritsen’s lecture, please call Wendy Lynn, Administrative Assistant, at 724-830-4600.