Charlaine Harris to Dabble in Video Games

February 26, 2011

The Author Talks to CNN About Her Next Big Project

A screen shot from Charlaine Harris' new video game, Dying for DaylightWe all know Charlaine Harris as the author of the Sookie Stackhouse book series and the inspiration behind our favorite TV drama, ‘True Blood‘. Soon enough, Harris will have a new following in the form of video gamers. Her new project, a downloadable PC puzzler called “Dying for Daylight” is being produced by iPlay and stars a wise-cracking fashionista vampire named Dahliawho is searching for a potion that will allow vamps to survive in the sunlight. Hmm, sounds like a certain vampire King might like the sound of this.

Something to Sink Her Teeth Into

Since Harris recently admitted that the Sookie book series will soon come to an end, possibly after book 12, she’s been looking for additional ways to satisfy her creative urges. For hardcore Harris fans who will no doubt delve into the game world of “Dying for Daylight,” you’ll definitely recognize Dahlia Lynley-Chivers, who has appeared in several of Harris’ short stories. Harris is excited about going into the gaming industry, claiming “it’s a fresh and fun market for many writers; the chance to do something different is always interesting.”

A screen shot from Charlaine Harris' new video game, Dying for DaylightA lot of authors have dabbled in video games – Stephen King, James Patterson, Michael Crichton – but not just any author can pull it off. Horror, mystery, science fiction, and crime book genres seem to make the more successful video game adaptations, so Harris certainly fits right in. When asked whether more authors will make the transition into video games, Harris said:

“I’m sure more will, simply because it’s another way to publicize your books, after all. And it’s a fresh and fun market for many writers; the chance to do something different is always interesting. I’m hoping that people who enjoy playing the game will decide to read my books, naturally. This is a chance to reach out to a whole new audience.”

Harris has revealed that she’s not the most savvy gamer and has gotten stuck when navigating through “Dying for Daylight,” not truly knowing what next step she should make. Her gaming skills may not be up to snuff, but her writing skills certainly are. Her fiction has enjoyed increased interest from game companies, television networks, and comic book publishers, with another of Harris’ characters, Harper Connelly, getting the graphic novel treatment soon, as well as CBS’ interest in the Connelly mysteries with an eye toward developing them into a prime-time series. Needless to say, Harris’ beloved Sookie series may be coming to an end, but her career definitely is not!

Dying for a chance to play Dahlia? You can download a free trial of “Dying for Daylight” here.

A screen shot from Charlaine Harris' new video game, Dying for Daylight

Source: CNN – ‘True Blood’ author rewrites the script on video games

(Photo Credit: iPlay)

Edited by: Diana Edwards


Charlaine Harris Talks Dying for Daylight

November 10, 2010

A Dahlia Linley-Chivers Quest

Dying for Daylight Video Game

Author Charlaine Harris, the fabulous wordsmith that created our beloved True Blood characters, has taken her story to the video game console. I-play, who has worked with other authors such as James Patterson and Nora Roberts, plans to introduce part 1 of Dying for Daylight in January of 2011. The VP of Marketing, Tony Leamer, explained that the hidden object adventure game is planned to be an 8 part series and will explore Charlaine’s character Dahlia‘s adventures in New Orleans with the members of the vampire circus Le Cirque Terrible:

“The general arc for the plot is that the leader of Dahlia’s nest, Cedric, has been made aware that there is potentially a potion that exists that allows vampires to exist among the daylight, which obviously in the world that Charlaine Harris has created is strictly not an option for vampires – they die. So it’s obviously of great interest to Dahlia for a number of reasons, not the least among them is that she gets to go shopping during the day if she can figure this out.”

Charlaine, who has little experience with video games, was contacted by I-play about using some of her characters in a game and says:

“we decided to use Dahlia Linley-Chivers [a character] whom I’ve written about in several short stories, because she’s very visual and she lives in the same world as the vampires of True Blood, but isn’t connected to them.”

She thinks Dahlia will make a perfect video character because she is action oriented and very visual:

“She’s all about how she looks, and she wants other people to know how great she looks too. She never hesitates to take direct action, and I think that’s a really good characteristic of someone who is the protagonist of a video game.”

It is my guess that fans of HBO‘s True Blood and Charlaine Harris will be lining up in January to check this out, even if they aren’t “gaming” people, just for the chance to see Dahlia in action. I haven’t really touched a video game since Pac-man came out, but after reading the entire interview, I plan to give it a shot.

Do you plan to check out the game once it’s released? Let us know what you think in the comments.

SOURCE: Dying for Daylight: An interview with Charlaine Harris

(Photo Source: I-play)