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: – In Her Shoes: Charlaine Harris, Vampire Author

(Photo credit: Sigrid Estrada)


Recession Increases Demand for Romance and Fantasy Fiction

November 22, 2009

amazon-com--sookie-stackhouse--books-1-7--charlain-lrgPeople may be continuing to struggle in the bad economy, but Sookie is doing just fine. According to Publishers Weekly, books like Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series are even more popular during these hard times.

It’s an interesting psychological observation, but it makes sense–people turn to comfort reading as a way of dealing with life. It costs less to buy a mass market paperback like one of the Sookie novels or some romance book, than to go to see a movie at the theater, and you get hours of enjoyment out of it with a guaranteed happy ending. According to an editor at a publishing company,

“For people worried about finances and job security, delving into a romance can be a great way to escape that stress for a little while.”

Paranormal stories have been especially successful. Variety reported that about 12.4 million people were watching each episode of True Blood during its second season. Twilight was breaking box office records before it even opened this weekend.

Fantasy authors are gaining new fans all the time, whether they are established like Charlaine Harris with the Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connelly books, and Sherrilyn Kenyon of the Dark Hunter series, or newcomers to the genre. In addition to vampires and werewolves, tales of other supernatural creatures like angels, demons, zombies, and succubi are starting to enchant readers.

We may be in the midst of a financial crisis, but imagination will never go bankrupt or lose its job. Thankfully, we have a lot of creativity and good writing to escape to when we need to get away from reality for a little while.


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