Charlaine Harris Interviewed by

April 18, 2010 by  

Charlaine Harris recently spoke with the Australian website about her scheduled appearance at the Hub’s True Blood events in Australia in September and about the upcoming release of the new Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead in the Family.

In the interview Charlaine talks about the success of the fictional world she has created and where she draws the ideas for her stories and characters from.

The initial idea for the series, Charlaine explains, was about a woman dating a vampire. From that simple premise she built the world of Bon Temps, incorporating ideas and characters from “all over” as she puts it.

The character of Sookie was not based on a particular person, but made up of aspects from many people that Charlaine knew or observed.

Charlaine also discusses how the books were adapted to the screen as the hit HBO series True Blood.  She was not surprised that the series made it onto film as she had had offers for the screen rights before.  She found that Alan Ball‘s offer was the most “interesting creatively”.

Charlaine is not concerned about  how closely the TV series follows the books, acknowledging that the different media require different treatments, and is clearly happy that the show follows the books in spirit, if not to the letter.  And in any case, she notes, if the show was like the books (all from Sookie‘s perspective) poor Anna Paquin would never get time to  rest.

And as for Dead in the Family, Charlaine isn’t giving much away.

Sookie‘s healing from her misadventures in Dead and Gone, Eric‘s maker comes to town . . . all the issues explored are family issues.”

Charlaine will be appearing at the Hub Production’s True Blood events in Sydney and Melbourne on the 25th and 26th of September along with Sam Trammell, Kristin Bauer and  John Billingsley.

Dead in the Family is due out 4 May.
True Blood Season 2 is due out on DVD and Blu-ray 17 May (UK), 19 May (AUS) and 25 May (US).
True Blood Season 3 premieres on HBO June 13.

(Photo credit: HBO Inc.)