Charlaine Harris Speaks to Fans in her Hometown

April 13, 2010 by  

With Book 10 of the Sookie Stackhouse series, Dead in the Family, scheduled for release on May 4, author Charlaine Harris continues making promotional appearances. She didn’t have to go far from home, when she spoke to a group of fans in Magnolia, AR, the city in which she resides. The Echo, the student newspaper at the University of Central Arkansas, covered the event, saying that Charlaine spoke to a large audience of fans–some students, some locals proud of their hometown’s successful writer, as well as people who came in from other states to hear her.

Charlaine talked about the Sookie books and how they are more about a young woman’s journey through life than a story of vampires and other supernatural creatures. She also said that it is because of her own experience as a rape survivor that she writes such strong, independent female leads, many of whom overcome great physical or emotional trauma. She hopes that her characters will be an inspiration to other women who suffer similar experiences.

Often asked to give advice to aspiring writers, Charlaine’s message was this:

“What you study is less important than what you read and that you write every day.”

Her long career as a writer and avid reader is a testament to this wisdom.


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