Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Harris writes Southern vampire saga with a grin

What's a nice gal from the Mississippi Delta doing with a passel of vampires, werewolves and assorted other supernatural critters? Just writing about life ---- with the unique Southern vampire spin of her No. 1 New York Times best-selling Sookie Stackhouse series.

Charlaine Harris had written mysteries for 20 years before delving into Sookie's world ---- two stand-alones and the Aurora Teahouse, Lily Bard and Harper Connelly series.

"My career really wasn't going where I wanted it to go," Harris said in a recent telephone interview from Arkansas, which she now calls home. "I wanted to do something different ---- I just wanted to branch out. I wanted to include a little sexuality, my sense of humor. I want to include a little blood. But I wanted it to be anchored in day-to-day reality."

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