October 12, 2012
Sookie Stackhouse Series Author Charlaine Harris Headlines at the 12th Annual West Virginia Book Festival:
Watch out, West Virgina, New York Times best-selling author of ‘The Southern Vampire Mysteries’ Charlaine Harris is coming your way!
On Saturday, October 13th in the Charleston Civic Center coliseum, Ms. Harris will be signing books before her program from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and also directly after the program until 4:30 p.m. Audience members will be able to get books signed by receiving a numbered ticket upon their entrance to the coliseum, where then groups of numbers will be called up to the signing table.
Ms. Harris is best known for her novels featuring Sookie Stackhouse, inspiring the hit HBO drama True Blood, going on five seasons strong with a sixth in the making. The books tell the story of a telepathic waitress living in Louisiana with vampires, shape-shifters, fairies, werewolves, and more. Although now a successful 12-book series, the first in the series ‘Dead Until Dark‘ won the 2001 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery.
The West Virginia Book Festival lasts October 13-14 and is perfect for book lovers of all ages. Several different kinds of authors will be attending and partaking in book signings, readings, workshops and panel discussions. There will also be a section of the Marketplace especially for children as well as other special programs just for them.
Admission is free, so come join the fun!
July 8, 2011
From Sookie’s Creator:
In 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)
February 20, 2011
Sookie Stackhouse’s creator Charlaine Harris expressed to the LA Times Blog, Hero Complex that she is ready to write something else. Since HBO began airing True Blood two years ago Harris has had little time to focus on other projects due to publicity engagements related to the vampire show.
Worlds Beyond Sookie
But fear not fans of Charlaine’s work! Just because she’s ready to leave Bon Temps in the world of fiction doesn’t mean she’s ready to give up the vampires. Another female vampire by the name of Dahlia Lynley-Chivers has recently come into the spotlight. Having originally appeared in some of Harris’ short stories, Dahlia is now the star of her own game entitled Dying for Daylight which is now available on iPlay.com. The game centers on her quest to find the secret of how her kind can walk in the sunlight and how she has to search all over New Orleans to find it. To those Truebies who have seen season three of True Blood in its entirety, the premise may sound familiar.
Computer games aren’t the only things Harris’ characters are appearing in. IDW released the True Blood comic series last year and a volume of the first six issues came out this past week. Harper Connelly, another one of Charlaine’s heroines will also be brought into the comic fold and in addition CBS is looking into giving the character her own TV series.
On True Blood
Speaking of TV series, how does Charlaine feel about True Blood? While she did admit to being a bit overwhelmed by the show’s sometimes graphic (and sexual) nature she is proud of the series and the actors:
“I think all the actors are very fun,” she said. “I think Alan’s genius lies in picking the right person for the right role. They’re all talented and doing a great job. There are some plot lines that have surprised me, but I know that they know where they’re going — I just don’t know because it’s not where I went. So I can only wait to see what’s going to develop.”
Well Charlaine we can’t wait to see what your next project will be and like you we’re also excited to see where True Blood goes next!
Source: LA Times’ Hero Complex- “‘True Blood’ Too Draining?: Charlaine Harris Says Sookie Stackhouse Novels Must End”
(Photo Credit: Ace Publishers/Charlaine Harris.com)
December 20, 2010
Win A True Blood Character’s Autographed Stocking:
Attention all Southern Vampire Mystery and True Blood Fans! Penguin USA, the publishers of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, is holding a holiday sweepstakes!
How would you like to have a stocking from one of the characters signed by the ‘number 1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series’ author Charlaine Harris? Or perhaps an autographed copy of ‘Dead in the Family‘ is number 1 on your wish list?
5 Lucky Winners!
Can’t decide? Well that’s a just fine because through December 27, 2010, you can enter for a chance to winboth a personalized holiday stocking from one of the Southern Mystery/True Blood characters with their name, signed by Harris plus a signed copy of the latest Southern Vampire book, Dead in the Family. There will be five winners and they will be selected around January 3, 2011.
Harris is the creator of the Southern Vampire Mysteries also known as the Sookie Stackhouse series upon which True Blood is based. There are ten books in the series so far with Dead in the Familybeing the latest novel. The 11th Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead Reckoning is scheduled to be released in May of 2011.
Good luck to all who enter!
Source: Penguin USA- Charlaine Harris Holiday Sweepstakes
(Photo Credit: Penguin USA)
October 29, 2010
Discussing Her Writing Method, Current, and Future Projects
New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris has written dozens of novels and short stories including the wonderful Southern Vampire Mysteries. The world Mrs. Harris has created in the Sookie Stackhouse novels is of course the basis for the hit HBO series, True Blood. Supernatural author Jonathan Maberry recently had the opportunity to interview the talented Charlaine Harris about her writing method, True Blood and her future projects.
Mrs. Harris describes the Sookie Stackhouse series as a “romantic vampire mystery adventure.” The characters, unknowing of what their future holds, compel the story to come to life for her as she writes. She discloses that her writing process from concept to manuscript is “chaotic” and she considers herself a “seat of the pants writer.” One has to wonder after the dozens of novels and short stories she’s written, what she does to keep the process enjoyable. Mrs. Harris explains:
“I’m still looking for the magic procedure that will make writing easy. After all these books, that still eludes me. I like being alone in my brain with the characters.”
When asked about the changes in the Sookie Stackhouse series for the television show True Blood and why they seem to do so well, she replies:
“I have no idea. You’d have to ask Alan (Alan Ball). I’m okay with the changes, because I know the real story.”
Mrs. Harris fills us in on her current project, an anthology written with her friend Toni L.P. Kelner titled ‘Home Improvement: Undead Edition’. While a bit behind schedule, she is quite certain it will be published on time.
To wrap the interview, Mrs. Harris was asked what is next for her:
“I have to start work on Sookie 12 – Sookie 11, DEAD RECKONING, is almost ready for copyediting, and it’s out of my life. And I’d like to write something completely different. “
Click Here to view the full interview and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
Source: jonathanmaberry.com- A Conversation with New York Times Bestselling Author, Charlaine Harris
(Photo Credit: charlaineharris.com)
August 18, 2009
Names like Sookie, Lafayette and Tara are not exactly Mary, John and Sally, but they have become household names with millions of fans of renowned fiction author, Charlaine Harris. Where do character names come from? Some names like Sookie Stackhouse may seem overly complex for an outwardly simple barmaid. Some characters like Bill Compton carry names that seem far too simple for a complicated, remorseful vampire. However, just as Sookie has many complicated facets, many of the characters names and personalities of the Sookie Stackhouse, Southern Vampire Mysteries span the realm of exciting and complicated to simple and mundane.
How character names are chosen is as individual as the writer and character. Was “Tara” ultimately taken from a fictional plantation in a classic novel? Perhaps a reference to a Saviour Goddess from Buddhism? In the end, it was just a lyrical sounding name. Some writers are open about their naming choices, while some keep the information personal. Whatever the origin for Ms. Harris’ character’s name, Tara is one of many on the lips of millions of fans. With the adaptation of Ms. Harris’ novels into Alan Ball’s award- winning HBO original series “True Blood,” the simple, unusual, significant or whimsical characters in Charlaine Harris’ novels will achieve immortality like so many of her supernatural beings.
One lucky fan will have the opportunity to share in the quest for immortality. Sept. 1 opens the bidding for a charity auction. The lucky winner of this charity fund raising auction will be allowed to “Name a Character” in a novella to be included in the companion book to her hugely successful Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse) series.
The 10-day auction will be held on the Ebay auction site by member AMHEART-SEA. For the second year running, this very special fund raising auction has been generously donated directly by the renowned fiction author.
All proceeds from this auction go directly to the Greater Southeast Affiliate of the American Heart Association.
The character’s chosen name must be mutually agreed upon by the winner and Ms. Harris and the auction winner will release all rights to the created/chosen name’s use within the specified novel. Additionally, if the character is named after an actual individual, the said namesake must agree to the use of their name. There is no direct or implied financial benefit for the winner or any namesake. At this time, the date of release for the next book, a novella, in this series is scheduled for first half of 2010. This is an incredible opportunity to be a part of literary history.
Bidding will begin on Sept. 1 and end on Sept. 10. Further details can be found at:
January 3, 2009
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #9)
by Charlaine Harris
For Sookie Stackhouse, the day to day activities of the vampire and were communities in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana, are of vital interest, She’s blood-bound to the leader of the vamps, a friend to the local were pack, works for a man who is shifter, and has a brother who is a were-panther…
But for most of the humans in Bon Temps, the vamps are mysterious seductive creatures-and they don’t even know about the weres.
Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world.
At first it seems to go well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found in the parking lot of the bar where Sookie works. The victim is someone she knows, so she feels compelled to discover who-human or otherwise-did the deed.
But what she doesn’t realize is that there is a far greater danger than the killer threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings–older, more powerful and far more secretive than vampires or werewolves– is preparing for war. And Sookie will find herself an all-too human pawn in their battle…
Charlaine has added Chapter 1 of Dead and Gone, the next anticipated book in the Southern Vampire series. Book 9 can be pre-ordered! Read Chapter One from Dead and Gone on Charlaine Harris Official Site
Dead and Gone Chapter One
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Ace Hardcover (May 5, 2009)
Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series, #9
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January 3, 2009
Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #1)
by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well Sookie has this sort of “disability”. She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then comes along Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome — and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….
But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of -big surprise- murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….
Publisher: Ace Books
Pub. Date: May 2001
Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series, #1
Edition Description: Reissue
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January 3, 2009
From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #8)
by Charlaine Harris
After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit, Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, yearning for things to get back to normal. But her boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. And things are changing, whether the weres and vamps in her corner of Louisiana like it or not. In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death…and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood ceases flowing, her world will be forever altered.
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Pub. Date: May 2008
Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series, #8
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January 3, 2009
All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #7)
by Charlaine Harris
Betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse must now not only deal with a possible new man in her life -the oh-so-handsome shape shifter Quinn – but also contend with a long planned vampire summit. With her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans, the local vampire queen is vulnerable to those hungry for a take-over. Soon, Sookie must decide what side she’ll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe..
Publisher: Ace Books
Pub. Date: March 2008
Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series, #7
Edition Description: Reprint
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