Sookie Stackhouse Author Charlaine Harris Book Tour for “Deadlocked”

April 12, 2012

True Blood Author Charlaine Harris

As we all know, Charlaine Harris created the universe that Alan Ball warped into HBO‘s True Blood in her series of Sookie Stackhouse novels.  Well to accompany her latest book, the 12th Sookie Stackhouse novel, Deadlocked, she’s doing a southern US Charlain Harris's new novel Deadlocked part of the Sookie Stackhouse series on which True Blood is based!tour. If you live in the area, don’t miss the chance to meet this incredible author!

Deadlocked Book Tour

May 1 – Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134-5008

May 2, 6:00 PM – Vero Beach Book Center, 2145 Indian River Blvd, Vero Beach, FL 32960

May 3 – The Bookmark, 220 First Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

May 4, 7:00 PM – Barnes & Noble, 1812 Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407

May 5 – Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Cir, Lexington, KY 40503

May 6, 3:00 PM – Barnes & Noble, 3327 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC 28226

May 7 – Bookmarks, Hanes Auditorium at Salem College Fine Arts Center, Winston-Salem, NC

May 8 – That Bookstore in Blytheville, 316 W Main St, Blytheville, AR 72315

May 9, 7:00 PM – Barnes & Noble, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS 39157

May 10, 7:00 PM – Barnes & Noble, 2590 Citiplace Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

May 11 – Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005

May 12, 7:00 PM – Bookpeople, 603 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78703

 

These aren’t all of Ms Harris’s appearances this year though. If you want to find more dates, please check out her website!

 

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Video: Science Fiction Book Club Interviews Charlaine Harris

July 8, 2011

 From Sookie’s Creator:

Charlaine Harris Science Fiction Book Club InterviewIn a most charming interview with Senior Editor Rome Quezada of the Science Fiction Book Club, Charlaine Harris discusses the Sookie Stackhouse series, Alan Ball, and books & authors that should be on everyone’s “To Read” list.

Mr. Quezada wishes the Sookie series a Happy 10th Anniversary, to which Mrs. Harris graciously gives thanks, and they proceed to talk about its amazing success.  Saying she lives in a small town, Harris actually feels “divorced” from all the hoopla.  It didn’t hit her until recently, when she received a wall plaque highlighting all of her bestsellers, how amazing this whole thing really is.

The astounding success of the HBO show True Blood has increased foreign book sales, and Harris has enjoyed reading e-mails from all over the world that tell her how much her books are enjoyed.  She finds the demographic abroad to be slightly different from that in the States, sharing that it surprised her to find that in Poland, for example, most of her fans were teenagers.  She thought to herself at one point, “It’s just so strange to me to think of people enjoying the adventures of a small-town Southern barmaid”.

When asked what, if anything, she has hoped to accomplish by writing the Southern Vampire Mysteries, Harris responds:

“First and foremost, I hope I’m writing a good adventure story, because that’s my goal.  But I’m also trying to say something about exclusionism.  I’m no preacher but I like to put in a good word for accepting people as they are.”

Discussing Alan Ball and True Blood, Harris says she does think, “…they got the spirit of the books exactly right”.  She feels Alan Ball, being a fellow Southerner, “gets” her, and the “mixture of comedy and horror” that her writing expresses.  All in all, she just likes him and thinks he’s a genius.  As do we all!

Harris shares with us some of her current favorite authors and books:

Justin Cronin – Passage

Patrick Rothfuss – Kingkiller Chronicles: The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear

Joan Frances Turner – Dust

And the unreleased Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, for which she wrote a positive blurb: “This non-gamer loved every page of Ready Player One.”

Watch the video, and see for yourself what a classy, intelligent Southern Belle Charlaine Harris is.

Thanks for the scoop, John! Remember, Truebies, we welcome your contributions!

Contribution credit: John

Sources: Science Fiction Book Club – SFBC Club Favorites: Charlaine Harris

Amazon.com – Ready Player One

(Photo credit: Science Fiction Book Club)

 

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Charlaine Harris Talks to a Full House

July 6, 2011

Break a Leg!

Charlaine Harris w/Mysterious Galaxy staff  Credit - Bob MorrisCharlaine Harris appeared recently at Mysterious Galaxy to a full house. Fans of the Sookie Stackhouse series packed the book store to hear the author speak and to have their books signed. What lucky San Diegans!

In the Beginning

Charlaine Harris has been writing for the last 3 decades. In the beginning she wrote poetry, ghostly stories, and then later on, mysteries. She decided to write the Sookie Stackhouse books mainly because she wanted to go in a new direction and wanted to make sure the publishing house would continue to support her books. Her thinking:

“It would be fun to write about a very down-home young woman who was dating a vampire.”

Her 11th book in this series, Dead Reckoning, which was released in May, seems to still be creating waves in the fan base and is still hugely popular.

Sookie Sunday

The HBO True Blood series is largely based on the books by Charlaine Harris mixed with Alan Ball‘s genius mind. The new season of True Blood started just over a week ago on June 26, and it has fans on fire with enthusiasm for this season!

Source: www.examiner.com– True Blood Creator Speaks to Packed House

(Photo credit: Bob Morris)

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Meet Charlaine Harris — Dead Reckoning

May 12, 2011

Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris Coming to NYC

Charlaine Harris, Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)
In Conversation with Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely series

The New York Times bestselling author discusses the latest installment in the
hugely popular Sookie Stackhouse novels with fellow supernatural writer Melissa
Marr. The vampire mysteries, loaded with action, adventure and romance, are the
inspiration for the HBO hit show, True Blood.

This event is a part of the “Word for Word” is an outdoor reading series that
features bestselling authors, celebrity writers, and expert-panelists sharing
anecdotes, answering questions from the audience, and signing copies of their
latest books.

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (approximate end time)

Location: The Bryant Park Reading Room located on the 42nd Street side of the
park – under the trees – between the back of the NYPL & 6th Avenue. Look for the
burgundy and white umbrellas. Bryant Park phone number: 212-768-4242

Subways: Take the F, V, B, or D train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park or the 7 to
5th Avenue

Rain Venue: Library of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenue)
212.921.1767

The website link for the entire series including poetry, kids and writers is
here:
http://www.bryantpark.org/calendar/wordforword.php
All programming is subject to change
The events are FREE and open to the public

Photo Credit: Sigrid Estrada 2010
Submitted By: Bryant Park

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Q&A with Charlaine Harris

May 3, 2011

Sookie’s Creator Answers Some Burning Questions:

Charlaine Harris (credit Sigrid Estrada)You should all know by now that our favorite TV show, HBO‘s True Blood, is based on Charlaine Harris‘s Sookie Stackhouse novels.  But you may not know that book 11 in the series, Dead Reckoning, came out today!  The ladies over at “Girls in the Stacks”, a book review website, were lucky enough to land a short & sweet interview with Mrs. Harris.

She lets us know that the end is nigh — for the Sookie novels.  The grand total will be thirteen books.  She never thought there’d be so many, but she’s always coming up with new ideas.  Concerning the last book, she’s had a certain scene in her head for years.  Does she know what’s next?  Not really.  She does have many projects in the beginning stages, but she hasn’t picked one yet.

Was she planning on killing Bill?  Yes, that rumor is true… but it applies to book 9, Dead and Gone.  *Spoiler ahead, please stop reading if you haven’t read the book, but plan to!*

“Actually, during the scene in the hospital when the fairies are coming to kill everyone inside, I wrote a great death scene for Bill because I love to write grand death scenes. But when I thought about it, I wanted to keep Bill around because I like him. My editor weighed in on Bill’s survival, too.”

Is the show too graphic for her tastes?  She admits that it is more shocking seeing bare flesh vs. reading about it, but has confidence in the show’s creator, Alan Ball.  She likes what he’s done so far in capturing “the spirit of the books”.

Even though Mrs. Harris is becoming “quite a brand”, she is still in awe of her success.  She never saw it coming, and certainly hasn’t let it get to her head.  Neither has her family:

“My family is taking it in stride. We live much the same as we did before.”

Kudos to her family for remaining humble.  We wish Mrs. Harris success in all her future endeavors, which will no doubt keep us entertained for a long time to come!

Source: GirlsInTheStacks.com – Charlaine Harris is in the House!

(Photo credit: Sigrid Estrada/CharlaineHarris.com)

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Interview with a Vampire Author

May 1, 2011

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes:

Charlaine Harris (Credit: Sigrid Estrada)Charlaine Harris, author of the wildly famous Sookie Stackhouse novels, was recently interviewed by Savvy Sugar.  We get the scoop on what a typical day is like for her, and what inspires and motivates her.

On a normal day, she likes to be in her office by 8 a.m.  Writing six pages takes her into the early afternoon, at which point she takes care of other things, then reads for a bit until around 4.  Then it’s time to make dinner!

Have you ever wondered about the genesis of the characters and the series?  Savvy Sugar asks, “How did it all start?”:

“I was writing my first book while I was taking a writing course at the University of Missouri St. Louis, the only year I lived in St. Louis. The teacher of the class was Shannon Ravenel, later top editor at Algonquin Press. Then, she had just quit work at Houghton Mifflin. She liked what I wrote for the class well enough to recommend me to an editor there. My career would not have supported me at all until the past 10 years; very fortunately, my husband was delighted to stake me until I began earning. I realize this is a luxury and that I was most fortunate.”

When asked what her motivation and inspiration is, Mrs. Harris answers frankly:

“I am motivated by a looming contract and the desire to get paid. Inspiration is a nebulous word; I write because I have ideas, and I have ideas because I’m a writer. I have to hope that people will want to share the story I want to tell.”

What does she have to say about her next book?

“I hope that readers who have followed me through the previous Sookie books will enjoy Dead Reckoning. I worked really hard on it, and I’m always nervous when a new book hits the shelves.”

If you’d like to hear her advice to writers, and see what she has to say about Sookie, read the full interview here.

It’s amazing how our favorite pop culture phenomenon came from such a humble spirit.  We love Mrs. Harris’s imagination, and can’t wait to get our hands on book 11, Dead Reckoning!  Can you believe it comes out this week?

Source: SavvySugar.com – In Her Shoes: Charlaine Harris, Vampire Author

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“Bloody Good” Fun at Upcoming Polaris 25 — Charlaine Harris

April 30, 2011

Charlain Harris creator of True Blood Sookie Stackhouse Novels

Sookie Stackhouse and “True Blood” fans will rejoice to hear that bestselling author Charlaine Harris will be one of the guests in attendance at the twenty-fifth Polaris convention this July. The 11th novel in her exceptionally popular Southern Vampire Mysteries series, Dead Reckoning is due to arrive in May 2011 (her first novel, Dead Until Dark, was released in 2001). “True Blood” is a stunning HBO adaptation that stars the gifted Anna Paquin and has won multiple awards including an Emmy.

Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood author Charlaine Harris will be a guest!

Harris’ presence at the twenty-fifth anniversary of Polaris is of special note, as this will be the first time she has attended a convention in Canada. She will be involved in a variety of activities at Polaris such as a question and answer stage appearance and a book-signing, so eager “blood”-deprived Canadian fans should register early to guarantee they get the chance to meet this popular and talented writer.

Polaris’ roots began as a Star Trek convention in 1986 and it has grown to focus on a variety of sci-fi and fantasy novels, television shows and movies, as well as various related genres such as horror, comics, and more.

 

Generosity also plays a large role at Polaris, as the not-for-profit convention raises funds every year for various causes including the Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto charity.

Polaris 25 will be held July 15-17 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel. For more information, visit http://polaris.tcon.ca, or phone 416-410-TCON.

 

Credit: Polaris 25

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Charlaine Harris Confirms a 12th Sookie Stackhouse Novel

January 18, 2011

Excellent News for Fans of the Novels:

Charlaine Harris Author of Sookie Stackhouse NovelsCharlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, recently confirmed to fans on her Facebook page that there will in fact be a twelfth Sookie novel. She began work on it recently, but commented that she “should have started it in November, but I had to take some time off.” With Sookie novels usually debuting in May, this means that fans can look forward to Dead Reckoning this May, which will be the eleventh book, and then the as yet untitled twelfth book in May of 2012 (that’s just speculation, based on the release dates of all the other novels, and Harris’s own comment that “Sookie is ALWAYS in May — the full length novels, that is.”)

What’s Coming Out This Year?

This year, Harris has several projects slated for release that should excite both fans of her Sookie Stackhouse novels and die hard Truebies. As previously mentioned, Dead Reckoning, the eleventh Sookie novel, will be released on May 3, 2011. The first chapter is available on Harris’s official website. The cover, released in November, gives plenty of tidbits to speculate about – Sookie is alone on the covers, surrounded by burning pages falling from the sky.

In September of this year, The Sookie Stackhouse Companion will be released. Originally slated for an earlier release, it got pushed back due to confusion amongst the contributors. The books promises an all new Sookie novella, and an exclusive interview with Alan Ball. Although Harris has stated the release is scheduled for September, Amazon.com has the official date listed as August 31. 2011. I’m sure no one will complain about getting their hands on it a day early!

Both books are available for pre-order now. Are you looking forward to them?

Source: Charlaine Harris Official Fan Site Facebook Page; Charlaine Harris Official Website; Amazon.com

Image Credit: Charlaine Harris Official Website

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First Chapter of ‘Dead Reckoning’ Released!

December 21, 2010

Next Sookie Stackhouse Book To Be Released May 3, 2011

Dead Reckoning Cover

For all you fans of Charlaine HarrisSookie Stackhouse novels, Charlaine has given us an early Christmas gift!  The first chapter of Dead Reckoning, the 11th installment in the series, has been released on her website.  Click here to view it and then let us know what you think in the comment section below!

Dead Reckoning is available for pre-order on Amazon.com – click here to order your copy today!!

Source:  Charlaineharris.com

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Vote for ‘Dead In The Family’ in Goodreads Choice Awards 2010

November 30, 2010

10th Book in Sookie Stackhouse Series Nominated for Four Awards

Dead in the Family Cover

Fans of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris can help Harris get even more recognition for her wonderful work.  Voting is open for Goodreads.com’s Choice Awards for 2010 and ‘Dead In The Family’ has been nominated in four categories.  Click on the category to go to the Goodreads website and vote today!

Favorite Book of 2010

Paranormal Fantasy

Favorite Heroine – Sookie Stackhouse

Favorite Hero – Eric Northman

Be sure to cast your votes in all four categories!

Source:  Goodreads.com

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