Thursday, May 13, 2010

Charlaine Harris event last night in Portland blog and video

Boy oh boy, did I have so much fun tonight! I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Charlaine Harris Tour & Book Signing tonight in Portland, OR. I live just across the river in Vancouver, WA so I thought it would definitely be worth the trip to hear what this wonderful author had to say!

This is the very first author appearance and book signing I have ever attended, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Whatever I had anticipated was surpassed by how interesting the event was. Charlaine was a very funny and engaging speaker and she was extremely casual and laid-back. She did not stand up on stage and lecture about what a great author she was, etc., etc. Rather, the entire appearance was dedicated to answering questions from everyone in the audience. Her only caveat was that no one could ask about future events for her characters--we would have to wait and read book 11 once it was released. I have included some of the questions and answers that struck a chord with me below:

  1. How does she write? Is she very thought out and methodical? No! Charlaine described herself as a "pantser"; she writes by the seat of her pants and writes whatever strikes her fancy at the time.

  2. How does she feel about people comparing the Sookie series with the Twilight series? She said that she is weary of hearing that comparison. That some Twilight fans (not Stephanie Meyer herself) have accused her of stealing Twilight's story idea. She went on to explain with a laugh that her books were published five years before Twilight ever hit the shelves.
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parts 2-4 here