Charlaine Harris Interview on Dead and Gone

April 23, 2009 by  

deadandgoneRecently Charlaine Harris spoke with Sandy from All About Romance to answers questions regarding her highly anticipated ninth book, entitled, “Dead and Gone” scheduled for release on May 5, 2009. With the return of season two of Alan Ball’s highly successful HBO TV series True Blood on June 14, 2009, Charlaine Harris answered a few questions regarding Sookie, Dead and Gone and on True Blood. There is a little bit of spoiler information here so if you don’t want to know don’t read any further.

The reporter asked the all to common question of “what can you tell us about Dead and Gone without spoiling it for us?” Ms. Harris in her charming way was able to provide an answer that leaves you wanting more.

“This book is full of shockers, I think, and it’s considerably darker than the other Sookie books. The Weres come out of the closet, and the war in the fae world spills out into the human world.”

An interesting question that Sandy from All About Romance asked was did Ms. Harris see Sookie’s final choice of “her very own supe” as the end of the story or could it continue on with Sookie and her chosen one going through challenges and adventures together?

Ms. Harris stated that she had not planned on continuing beyond Sookie making her final choice as to who she wants as a life partner but that it very well could happen. She mentioned she has read some great books where once the heroine or hero had made their commitment to their chosen one that the stories continued with the pair in whatever adventures that came their way. She said she is thinking about it, but we will have to wait and see if Ms. Harris does do it or not.

The reporter said that as a long time reader of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that she had already envisioned in her head what the characters looked like. However, this time around when she read Dead and Gone she could picture the cast of True Blood in their roles because she found them “incredibly well cast – honestly, I don’t see how they could have done a better job.” Then she proceeded to ask Ms. Harris if they also managed to creep into her head as she was writing. The reporter stated that in her own personal opinion “the story in Dead and Gone seemed…well, a bit inspired, if you know what I mean by a certain devastatingly sexy actor.”

Mrs. Harris stated that:

“Ha! I’ve met them, and I think they’re all devastatingly sexy. No, the plot line of Dead and Gone was established in my head before I saw all the episodes of the show. Sookie’s story makes a logical progression from the last book. As far as I can tell, my only reaction to the show is to give Sheriff Dearborn more to do, because I’ve been such a fan of William Sanderson for so long!”

The reporter mentioned that Ms. Harris must be quite pleased that her novels were chosen to be adapted onto television but touched on the fact that there has been much discussion online about how the series has veered away from the book and if she is ok with it and does she feel that the series has remained true to the characters and the themes?

“I feel totally cool, and I have succeeded in impressing my children and their friends, which is no small accomplishment. The storytelling in the show is different, which Alan had told me to expect. I think the series remains true to the theme of the books, and true to the spirit – that combination of humor, horror, and sex which characterizes the Sookie books.”

Sandy from All About Romance stated that if she was to have one complaint about the show is that it emphasizes on Jason too much which she states she has heard others mention as well. She then asked Ms. Harris if she knew if Jason was going to remain a prominent character in the series then he is in the books to which Ms. Harris stated she had no idea.

When asked if Ms. Harris could tell us what we might expect in season two of True Blood since it is rumored to follow the second book in the series, “Living Dead in Dallas,” Ms. Harris replied,

“I am less in the loop this year than I was last year. I really don’t know what’s going to happen, which is actually a lot of fun. That having been said, I do hope I get to see the first episodes a little before the rest of the world.”

To conclude the interview the reporter mentioned that in Dead and Gone Sookie‘s great-grandfather makes an ambiguous – and potentially very important – observation to Sookie at the end of the book. She then asked Ms. Harris if she would be willing to give readers a super small, maybe equally ambiguous clue as to what he meant?

Ms. Harris’ response. No. Sorry!

Source: All About Romance Books: Charlaine Harris Interview
(Photo credit: All About Romance.com)

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  • Mo

    I believe that Sookie’s real love is Bill. Bill loves Sookie and would do anything for her, even die. It is obvious that she still loves him. I would love it for them to end up together but unfortunately I don’t think they will…Sookie is mortal and well Bill isn’t(nor is Eric). I think she’ll end up with Sam.

  • Al

    Only on episode 7 series one in the UK, but love it. Have read the first five books and will be so upset if it’s not Bill, although I like Eric and think (so far) he really cares for Sookie. It’s defo between those two. Hoping we don’t have to suffer a long wait for series two here!!

  • angel

    On true blood MaryAnn is really getting on my nerve. There is only so much of her a person can take, and she’s I hope going soon. Also I’m so glad that layfet?? is still alive I love his part he is great in it. I can’t wait to see the show every Sunday nite. I’m gonna be sad when the show goes off for the season. I’m looking forward to more of sookie novel’s.

  • angel

    I and my freind’s from work Love Eric. We so want Sookie to end up with Eric.He is so fine, the august 16th show was great. We have read all the book’s so far and even though I really liked Quinn,the Tiger, and Alcide the werewolf, But Eric is the greatest. We all Love that man.

  • val

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BILL AND ERIC AS I SEE IT.IS THEIR AGES. BILL HAS ONLY BEEN A VAMPIRE FOR A LITTLE OVER 140 YEARS,WHILE ERIC HAS BEEN UNDEAD FOR A THOUSAND. ERIC HAS SEEN PROBABLY HUNDREDS OF LOVERS COME INTO HIS LIFE,AGE AND FINALLY DIE.THAT CAN CAUSE A CERTAIN CASUAL ATTITUDE TOWARDS HUMANS IN GENERAL.HIS FEELINGS FOR SOOKIE THEN,OBVIOUSLY CONFUSE HIM.ON THE ONE HAND SHE IS HUMAN LIKE ALL THE OTHERS,ON THE OTHER HAND HE IS STRANGLY DRAWN TO HER.FOR ONE HIS AGE,THAT MUST BE VERY DIFFICULT.

  • pbartteacher

    We could go on and on over the Bill, Eric and Sookie love triangle. I have read all of the books. Having said that, I still feel if there was a real life or death situation when Sookie had to become a vampire,I think she would make that choice. She has been close to death on several occasions but never a life or death situation with Bill or Eric. The silver poisoning that Bill is facing at the end of book 9 is very serious. Perhaps Sookie could play an important part in his recuperation.

    If she could actually save someones life by being a vampire, she might make that choice. It would have to be extraordinary circumstances but I could see her doing it.

    Her relationship with Eric definitely started as a lust but over time, I think the relationship has evolved. Sookie continually agrees to help him out and vice versa. Eric has saved Sookie on more than one time (Club Dead, Debbie Pelt, Bombing,).

    After watching season one of TB, I was all Bill, Bill, Bill. But having read the novels, CH has thrown all of us including Sookie several curve balls. And we eat it right up. She might actually end up with Quinn. That is always a possibility too.

    • TG

      pbartteacher I think you might be on to something with Quinn as well. I don’t agree with you that Sookie would be agree to be a Vamp under any circumstance. Sookie can take a curve ball but I think she will stay human. I have read all the books as well as seen all the TB episodes.

      • pbartteacher

        I didn’t say under any circumstance. I said it would have to be extraordinary circumstances. The “will” to live is a very strong emotion.If it came to Sookie dying or living, she has said that she would rather die. She says right now she wouldn’t but …..If someone really close to her could benefit from Sookie crossing over to the “dark side”she might choose becoming a vampire. Like the ultimate sacrifice not necessarily for herself but for someone she truly loves.

  • TG

    I WANT IT TO BE ERIC BUT IT WON’T. I don’t think it will be Bill either. Whoever it is she will be with some that will age as she will. I would be very surprised if Sookie ever chose to be a Vampire she is kind of sensible. They say the vamps don’t stay together as lovers for very long because of the blood power struggle. I hate to say it could be Sam they are friends she can’t really read his mind only sense his feelings they are both different and they are friends that will age the same.

  • jayjay

    that must be frustrating for readers! I kinda meant that she has developed their relationship for reason, maybe to be together, or maybe for him die! who knows either way she’s developed their relationship for it to end some where? Totally acknowledge your comment though, I’m getting into the books now!!!

  • jayjay

    Can I give a perspective from an objective point of view. I have a brief idea of the series in its entirety, although I have not read the books yet. I have only seen the tv show. Looking at this debate from neutral eyes, it looks to as though bill and eric are pretty equal. They both have done things to show their love for sookie through their actions, and have also done things to hurt her. It’s a good situation to be in because sookie has 2 very good suitors!!! We dont know who she will chose… But by looking at everyones comments about the series, and the sooki/bill/eric love triangle… My personal opinion is this… seems as though CH has developed sookie and erics relationship over the series to date… why would she chose the eric/sookie relationship to develop if it’s going to go nowhere??? thats what I think…. This is how I look at it… Bill is her FIRST LOVE! Eric maybe her BEST LOVE! But will her be her LAST LOVE??? Someone else may come out of the wood works??? we just dont know and its soooo exciting… Cant wait to get into the books!!!

    • starlet

      well ch would do that because she already had 2 times before but that is all i am going to say since u have not read the books

  • starlet

    i would like to know who her great grandfather was talking about in his last statment to her. he said “the vampire is not a bad man, and he loves” (pg 312).. someone please help me answer that because there is 2 vamps in her life..

    • angel

      I myself would like to know just who her great grandfather was talking about even though I believe it to be eric. He’s my favorite anyway.

  • portinari

    Why do people always forget that Eric was willing to risk his life for Sookie in Book 7 during the bomb scene?

    With that said, I actually hope that Sookie doesn’t end up with either Eric or Bill. I love Eric, but he’s too manipulative and he comes with a lot of baggage. And I can’t figure out what the big deal is about Bill. He just seems so chauvinistic. He makes Sookie dress up whenever they have to meet other vampires, he reacts badly when she starts to mature, and he has a habit of initiating rough sex even Sookie clearly states that she’s not in the mood.

  • kelly

    I personally am an Eric fan for no other reason but the fact that he is much cooler and more animated than Bill. Bill is just a little mouse compared to Eric and that’s why I like Eric better: more charasmatic, more powerful, feels truly tied to Sookie and when all of his memory was erased, i believe that was the true Eric. Without circumstance, he is just your average, lovable vampire!

    On another note, i haven’t read Dead and Gone (but will be picking it up today!) Eric has come to Sookie’s aid many times more than Bill so if Bill is going to win my vote, he will have to do something really amazing!

    • I have read all the books and I have to say I still find Bill to be the one for Sookie. The things that he did were beyond his control and as a result he had to pay the ultimate price for it: losing the love of his undead life. The only one thing that made him happy and feel loved, cared for and wanted was Sookie and he in turn felt the same for her. I can understand why Eric fans may like the exterior attributes of Eric, however, looking deeper into the layers of his personality one can see a creature who truly cares only for what is beneficial to him in one way or another. Sookie shared a fling with him in book 4 but I never saw it as love. Perhaps infatuation, intrigue but a long standing love cannot last on pure physical wants and needs. No bashing just my own personal take of the characters.

      • abby

        I totally agree with AdoreBill. Eric is manipulative and controlling. He only shares so much with Sookie because he has taken advantage of her. Remember when he told her she had to suck the bullet from him just so she would get his blood? Bill had no choice when he had to return to the vampire who made him, that was explained. He was also ordered by Sophie to meet Sookie and try to persuade Sookie to work for her. It was Eric who first used Sookie’s talents for his own good. She was appealing to him because of her fae blood and he has taken every opportunity and he has fabricated reasond to get her blood. Bill is in love with her. I will never believe Eric loves Sookie. He uses people for his own personal gain. Bill has said he would die for Sookie and has put his existence on the line, just for her. When she was the closest to death, it was Bill who saved her. Where was Eric? Hmmm, maybe playing boss somewhere so he sends Bill. When they were being attacked again by the fairies, it was Bill who stood by her side to defend her. Sookie and Bill have true love. It’s only lust with Eric. He lusts after her blood and after her mind talent. When she really needs someone, it is Bill who is there. Eric and his shelfish ways annoy me to no end! This series will have been a total waste of my time if she doesn’t end up with Bill.

        • EricsLover

          YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT ERIC HAD GIVING HER HIS BLOOD,AND TAKEN FROM HER SO HE CAN SAVE HER LIFE,MOST OF THE BOOK IS ABOUT ERIC AND SOOKIE’S RELATIONSHIP,BILL COMES OUT EVERY NOW AND THEN…OK I ADMIT HE WASNT THERE WHEN THE FAIRIES TOOK SOOKIE AND TRIED TO KILL HER,BY THE WAY BILL WAS THERE CUS SOMEONE CALLED HIM(DO U RECALL WHO THE VAMPIRE WAS?), DOES ERIC COMING TO HER ”HOSPITAL” ROOM,GIVE HER SOME OF HIS BLOOD SO SHE COULD HEAL FASTER AND BEING THE 1ST ONE IN FRONT OF THE DOOR WAITING FOR THE FAIRIES(AND KILLED MOST OF THEM) RING ANY BELLS???,UMM WAS IT BILL WHO TOOK THE BULLET WHEN DEBBIE TRIED TO KILL SOOKIE?? UMM WHY DID THE PIRATE WANTED TO KILL SOOKIE??? WHO SOOKIE WAS WILLING TO DIE FOR WHEN THE BOMBING HAPPENED AT THE HOTEL???…WELL I KNOW U WONT AGREED BUT IM JUST TIRED OF PEOPLE LOOKING AT HIM AS THE BAD AND SELFISH ONE WHEN HE’S BEEN THERE FOR HER EVERY TIME SHE NEEDED HIM….WE GOT 4 MORE BOOKS WHICH IS EQUALLY TO 4 MORE YRS TO FIND OUT WHO SHE ENDS UP WITH,SO EVERYONE HOLD UR HORSES…

  • EricaLynn

    Bill was an ass. I mean seriously he seemed all romantic and whatnot at first, but after revealing his true nature, I would never be able to look at him the same way again.
    Sookie has to end up with Eric. He has never lied to her, or hurt her or left her to run back to an ex-girlfriend.
    TEAM ERIC!!!
    =]

    <3

    • Nia

      What do you possibly mean by his true nature? He had to go to Lorena because she called him and he is obligated to go because she was his maker. He also kept the truth from Sookie about why he originally came back to Bon Temps (remember, he was ordered to by the queen), but explained it to her along with how much he truly loved her. He started that computer program to make himself more important and valuable so he would not have to cowtow to everyone older than him. See, these are the obstacles that test a true relationship and love. Who does Sookie call in “Dead and Gone” when she really needs someone? Who runs to her side? Who would die for her? Why does she think of him and their love and all she wants to say to him when she thinks she will lose him. ? Why did Eric not come to her rescue? I will always be a Bill lover, because I do see his true nature. But I can still be an Eric fan. He will always have his place in this series. He will add the necessary friction. That makes for good fun. I do hope that Sookie and Eric hook up at some point, but is it true love? I don’t believe so.

  • EricsLover

    3 against 1(so far) TEAM ERIC!!!

  • Nia

    Can’t see Sookie ending up with Eric. Just not ment to be. Bill will always be her first and only true love.

  • Ella

    Girl better end up w/ Eric!!!!!! Thinking of him keeps me up at night. In the GOOD way.

  • Serenity

    I could say that every series of sookie stackhouse is exiting for me….since the beginning of the series i found it interesting and i know dead and gone would be the best of them all…id like to read that in the end ether bill or eric end up with sookie would be the best series to read…but it would be the very best if sookie end up with Eric…:)