Charlaine Harris Video Interviews for Project Paranormal

October 19, 2009 by  

Charlaine-Harris-Project-Paranormal-part-1Penquin.com recently published an online segment for their “Project Paranormal” series profiling the extremely talented Charlaine Harris and her incredible Sookie Stackhouse series of novels, which our beloved show True Blood is based on. The introduction video introduces you to Charlaine Harris and gives you a brief overview of her writing accomplishments. She not only pens the incredible Sookie Stackhouse series, but she also writes her Harper Connelly series, which is a set of stories about a woman who is able to sense the location of the recently deceased.

The second video we get an insider’s look into Charlaine’s world. She starts off by talking about how the idea for the Sookie Stackhouse series came about. Did you know she had written the first book, “Dead Until Dark” and held it for two years before she finally found a publisher for it? Charlaine also discusses why she chose Louisiana as the home base for her vampires and she admits that Anne Rice was the inspiration behind that. Charlaine also goes on to discuss her writing process, how she studies locations, and how much she loves to write the action scenes in her books.

In the third video we get to meet Ginger Buchanan, editor-in-chief for ACE books, who publishes Charlaine’s Sookie Stackhouse series. You will see that Ginger’s assistant was the first one to read a Sookie Stackhouse novel. After falling in love with the story, he took the manuscript back to Ginger. Ginger read it and found her self also loving the book. She loved the voice of the book and the setting. Ginger goes on to give us a brief overview of Charlaine’s writing career and how it has evolved. Ginger also lets everyone know that the next Sookie Stackhouse book, titled “Dead in the Family” will be released this coming May and explains that Sookie is left in a much better place than she was in the last book, “Dead and Gone”. Ginger also explains that Charlaine has a clear picture of how the series will end, but will not give out any details. Ginger has published Charlaine’s book, “A Touch of Dead”, which is a collection of all the Sookie Stackhouse short stories.

In the fourth video Charlaine is back and talks to us about the process of bringing Sookie to life in television. She admits that after seeing the screening for the first episode she was afraid she would have to leave the small conservative little town she lived in because the show was so “in your face” as Charlaine described it. She then laughed it off saying that people in her community were so excited that a local gal had made good! Charlaine explains that she loves the show and part of that is because she doesn’t know what’s going to happen next. She explains how Alan Ball has taken her work and gone in his own direction, which is what she knew he would do. She is glad she chose Alan to do the show because she feels he is doing the best job possible with it. Charlaine goes on to briefly talk about the short stories in her new book, “A Touch of Dead”, and her new book in her Harper Connelly series, “Grave Secret”. Charlaine also delves into what is next for her. Charlaine explains that there are at least three more books coming in the Sookie Stackhouse series and that these may be the three books that wind up the series. She knows exactly how the series will end when the time comes and admits that she has always known how she wanted to end the Sookie Stackhouse series. At the end of the segment, Charlaine was asked the ultimate question, which has caused much debate between fans not only of the book series but of the True Blood show as well. Who is better for Sookie, Bill or Eric? Charlaine doesn’t give a straight answer but sums it up as best she can by saying that Sookie will pick who is right for her based on her long term needs and goals. Wow Charlaine, what a cliffhanger!!

Overall, an extremely interesting and entertaining segment with Charlaine! After watching each video just click the back button on your browser to be taken back to the menu to watch the next video in the series.  Enjoy!

SOURCE: Penquin.com

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