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Charlaine Harris wishes she could be in “True Blood” audience at Comic-Con July 16, 2011

Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors, News.
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Charlaine Harris at Comic-Con in 2010 > Diana McCabe

This is another one of the interviews I did for my news company, The San Diego Union-Tribune. Check out their Comic-Con website HERE!

When does Charlaine Harris have time to write?

She’s jammed. Harris has been on a national tour for “Dead Reckoning,” book No. 11 in her Southern Vampire series about telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. She was recently in Los Angeles for the kickoff of season four of the HBO hit “True Blood,” based on her Sookie books, and she’s doing seemingly endless interviews.

Harris said recently that her life “has changed for the better (I have more money) and it’s more complicated, since the books and the television show have become more successful. My time just gets eaten up by extra stuff that has nothing to do with the writing. These are great problems to have! But problems, nonetheless.”

To carve out more time to write, she’ll have to bow out of this summer’s Comic-Con. Harris, who is scheduled back in San Diego in October for the World Fantasy Convention, did take a few moments to share some of her insights into Comic-Con.

On her first appearance: “I first went to Comic-Con to appear with the “True Blood” cast in 2008. I was absolutely petrified because I hadn’t met many of the cast members, I’d heard Comic-Con was overwhelming, and I didn’t have anyone with me. The Mysterious Galaxy staff (in San Diego) took pity on me and let me come in with them early, so I could walk the floor without impediment. Bless them! Later that day, I had a signing at their booth and then made my way to the two-story booth where I met the cast for our group poster signing and then the panel. While we waited in the green room, I noticed that Samuel L. Jackson was waiting, too, and I felt supremely cool.”

Her favorite Comic-Con moment: “I got a kick out of the helmeted “vikings” who came to the “True Blood” panel.”

A “can’t miss” for this year’s Con? “It would be fun to go to the “True Blood” panel as a spectator! I’d like to attend lots of the panels. Unfortunately, it’s not possible for me to sit in the audience very often; I really regret that. (Last year, she popped up as a regular audience member at a panel titled “Reading with Brains: The Rise and Unrelenting Stamina of Zombie Fiction.”)

From past Comic-Cons — who were some folks you were excited to meet? “I got to chat briefly with Neil Gaiman (“Coraline,” “The Sandman,” “American Gods,”) who I knew very slightly. I loved meeting Michael Hall (“Dexter”). I also got to talk to Naomi Novik (“His Majesty’s Dragon” from the Temeraire series), and several other writers.”

On the crowds: “Don’t be afraid. The crowd is really not going to turn suddenly and surge in your direction. Probably.”


1. La Deetda Reads - July 16, 2011

Thanks Diana, gotta love that Charlaine. The most down to earth author around. It has to be hard for her to go to these “cons” since she is so immediately recognizable.

2. L. Blanchard - July 29, 2011

Charlaine Harris is a complete class act. I may not be thrilled with the direction the Sookie Stackhouse series has gone but it is her world and she has known for years how it would end up so I’m happy for her. She deserves all the sucesss she has received and I’m sure it must be a bit of a mixed blessing to see this coming to an end of what has been for her I’m sure an exhausting and exciting cycle of book releases and promo and hard work. I can’t wait to see what she dreams up after Sookie.

Diana McCabe - July 29, 2011

I can’t wait to see how she ends the series. But Charlaine is a wonderful writer and has other series as well. So once she does end Sookie’s story, we can look forward to her other cool stories!


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