Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Charlaine Harris talks about 'Sookie' series, new releases

Critically acclaimed author Charlaine Harris spoke before a large audience April 1 in Reynolds Performance Hall.

Harris, who has been writing for 27 years, is best known for her Sookie Stackhouse novels, which have served as the source for the hit HBO series "True Blood."

A resident of Magnolia, Ark., Harris has over 30 published novels, many of which have been released in over a dozen countries.

Many of Harris' novels contain strong-willed female protagonists who have overcome great physical or emotional trauma.

Answering questions Thursday night, Harris said that as a rape survivor she writes her characters this way to inspire others who have been through those situations. She also said the Sookie Stackhouse novels, also known as the Southern Vampire series, are less about vampires and more about a woman's journey through life.

Harris also gave advice to the aspiring writers in the audience, "What you study is less important than what you read and that you write every day."

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