Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Charlaine Harris " Dead in the Family " Washington Post Interview

YOU CAN THANK a few people for the resurgence of vampires in pop culture: Stephenie Meyer, author of the "Twilight" series, and Charlaine Harris, author of the Southern Vampire Mysteries series that inspired HBO's "True Blood."

Even though Harris is a bestselling author and "True Blood" is the most-watched series on HBO since "The Sopranos," the Mississippian is refreshingly humble.

"Oh, honest to goodness, I am so sick of myself," Harris said. "I can't think of anything else anyone would want to hear me say. ... When I read that the fourth most popular new name for girls was Sookie, I just thought, 'OK, that's beyond the edge.' I was amazed, amazed."

Harris may not think anyone would want to hear more about her or Sookie, but millions of fans would disagree — especially since her latest novel in the series, "Dead in the Family," comes out May 4.

She'll discuss the book at the Borders in Baileys Crossroads, on May 6, and she spoke to Express about her plans for the rest of the series. (Unfortunately, she can't hook you up with hottie Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Eric on "True Blood." Heartbreak, I know.)

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