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Mystery, thriller author to speak at local library

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Author Tess Gerritsen’s plot lines have included serial killers with surgeon-like precision, modern-day mummies and an entire town vanishing.

Her work has become the basis of TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles.” She will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the White River branch of the Johnson County Public Library, 1664 Library Park Blvd., Greenwood. The event is free.

Here’s what she says about writing:

How do you come up with the scenarios for your books?

There is no real how-to. I was always thinking what would scare me, what would be the most unexpected thing to happen. Then I make it happen.

Do you have an approach to putting together a novel?

The first process is identify a kernel of a story that really freaks me out. I’m always looking at things that scare me, and beg to ask, ‘What happens next?’

What kind of advice would you give to new writers?

One rule I have is always move forward. Even if you think you made a wrong turn, keep going forward. You need to finish the book before you fix things.

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