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Sneak peek of ‘Dead Ever After’! April 23, 2013

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dead-ever-after-by-charlaine-harris-cover-3_4_r560 Interested in how the last Sookie book — DEAD EVER AFTER — begins? Penguin has released the    prologue. CLICK HERE to read. Hummmmmm — what do you think?

In other Sookie news: Charlaine Harris told SciFiNow that there would be devils in this book: ”

The plot will also feature the Devil. “Well, there’s a Devil, not the Devil,” Harris clarifies, “If I have the fae, some of whom are trying to become Angels, I think by implication it can be assumed that there are Devils, too.” To read the entire article — check out her comments on a HEA — CLICK HERE.

What do you think ‘Dead Ever After’ cover means?! October 20, 2012

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Here it is. The cover for the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series. Charlaine Harris revealed the new cover earlier in the week to USA TODAY. The 13th and final book in the series will be published May 7.

When asked why she was ending the series, Harris told USA TODAY:

“I felt that I’d told the story I set out to tell. I thought continuing it, which I could have done, would have been a disservice to readers who have stuck with me this long.”

Thoughts on the cover? I think it is bright. The colors pop more than on any other cover. All of her friends are on it — her shifter friends. She’s looking back at them. For support? To bid farewell? Is that a sunrise or a sunset? I think Sookie is wearing a lot of red — Eric’s fave color. Is she following the bats or saying goodbye to them? Are the bats leading her  somewhere or fly off? And what the heck does a rose, tomato and purple daisy signify? I’ll have to look those up for another post, but if you have any thoughts on this — post below!!

Last Sookie Stackhouse book in series comes out May 7, 2013 May 14, 2012

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Charlaine Harris says the final book in the  Sookie Stackhouse  Series — DEAD EVER AFTER — will go on sale on May, 7, 2013. Now we knew the last book would come in May — just not the date. Apparently there was a bit of confusion on her Facebook page where she announced this today because here’s what she posted!

OOPS — Here’s the correct date!

Hear it! Good interview with Charlaine Harris from Last Bite Podcast April 1, 2010

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Photo from Charlaine Harris Web site.

My pals over at SookieStackhouse.com who run the Last Bite Podcast have a great interview with Charlaine Harris, author of the popular Sookie Stackhouse series.  She talks about what she’ll be doing at the RT Book Lovers Convention, her upcoming stories in two anthologies, the Sookie Stackhouse series and more. There’s great info in this interview, including how Charlaine feels about ending (or not ending) the series at book No. 13. To get to the podcast CLICK HERE or download it from iTunes.

End near for Sookie Stackhouse series? November 1, 2009

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Well — we have a few more Sookie books before author Charlaine Harris closes the series. She recently told CNN: “I’ve signed a contract to write three more after the one that’s coming out in May, and they may be the last three. I mean that will get us through 2014. So probably by then I will have lived with Sookie long enough.”

Harris said she doesn’t want to keep the books going if Sookie’s stories start feeling played out. “I hope I have enough sense to walk away before that happens.”

To hear the whole interview, check out the video below.

Sookie book: Which short story do you like best in ‘Touch of Dead’? October 11, 2009

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Have you read it yet? Charlaine Harris recently released a series of previously published short stories about Sookie touchStackhouse in A TOUCH OF DEAD. Which short story did you like the best and why? (Leave a comment below. Also — check out my new poll on Diana Gabaldon/Outlander movie HERE!)

(Here are the stories)

ONE WORD ANSWER

FAIRY DUST

DRACULA NIGHT

LUCKY

GIFT WRAP

(It’s nice that Charlaine was able to get these all published in one volume. Previously, the were appeared in different anthologies.)

For a short synopsis of each story — OK and kind of a review — CLICK HERE to read an article about the book from the Tulsa World, which also includes the previously published list.

Charlaine Harris on Sookie book she’s writing now August 14, 2009

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What does this mean? What does Charlaine’s next book hold for us? This is from her blog. (See link below to read the full Charlaine_Harrisentry.)

This has been a week of working, working, working as I try to bring DEAD IN THE FAMILY to a close. Lots of unexpected things happened, and I realized I have to cut a couple of characters I had big plans for, but I’ll save them for another book. It took me a while to realize what the theme of the book was, and when I realized it was about family – Eric’s, Sam’s, Sookie’s, Bill’s – suddenly everything became much easier.

Read her blog HERE.

Read my latest interview with her HERE!

What’s next for Charlaine this year? Three releases.

Charlaine Harris on her Sookie books, ‘True Blood,’ Bill vs. Edward July 30, 2009

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Photo by Caroline Grayschock

Photo by Caroline Grayschock

Charlaine Harris is pretty much everywhere these days. The author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, which HBO is basing its TRUE BLOOD shows on, is working on her 10th Sookie book (due out May 2010), keeping an eye on the TV show as well as appearing at big fan shows such as Comic-Con. (CLICK HERE TO SEE TRUE BLOOD INTERVIEWS FROM COMIC CON). We caught up with her right before Comic Con to ask her a few things about the latest book out, DEAD AND GONE, and a little bit about the show! (Thanks to fellow Sookie book/True Blood fans at www.sookiestackhouse.com for their book questions!)

Q. Do you think Eric has grown because of his relationship with Sookie?
A. I think parts of Eric have surfaced that he thought were buried for good.

Q. What will it take for Sookie to understand the blood bond? (It seems as if she is losing her ability to distinguish between her own feelings, Eric’s feelings and those generated by the blood bond.)
A. This is an issue in the next book.

Q. How would you compare the strengths between the bonds of vampire and sire, a vampire and his/her king or queen, and a vampire and his/her sheriff?
A. The vampire/sire relationship is the strongest.

Q. In one podcast interview, you said you didn’t see Sookie turning into a vampire or even winding up with one — in the sense that she would lead a normal life and be with a human. Do you still think she will be able to do that — settle with one person? Not a vampire?
A. I said that Sookie will never become a vampire. And a vampire can’t give her what she’s always thought she wanted; a regular marriage with children. But that doesn’t mean Sookie will end up with exactly what she wants. I see no reason why she couldn’t settle with one person.

deadandgoneQ. What did you want readers to take away from DEAD AND GONE?
A. I don’t know that I had a specific goal; I had several themes, though. The ruthlessness and inhumanity of the fae, the outrages we commit in the name of love, and the loneliness of those who simply can’t fit in and are doomed by their own nature . . . those were all elements of the book.

Q. Do you have a good idea of how the series will eventually end? If so — have you ever changed your mind about the ending?
A. I do know how the series will end. And I have never changed my mind.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your cameo at the end of season 2!!!!
A. I’m sitting in Merlotte’s at the bar talking to Sam. I’m wearing a striped shirt. I have a line. I almost hope they cut it. I’m not an actor.

Q. Alan Ball has certainly developed the HBO show differently from the books. Does his vision of the show make you think about how you’re writing your current book? Have you ever gotten an idea from the show to build on in the book series?
A. I keep them separate in my mind. The book characters have been living with me for a long, long time.

Q. Do you and Alan Ball talk before, during, after the season?
A. We email back and forth from time to time, more frequently before each season.  We are both very busy people. If I’m in Los Angeles, we usually have lunch together or something. And we have some good conversations when we’re doing publicity for the show.

Photo courtesty of HBO

Photo courtesty of HBO

Q. To you — what’s been the most interesting/surprising or creative storyline(s) that HBO has developed in the series?
A. Jessica, without a doubt.

Q. Which parts of the TV series most visually match what you envisioned when you wrote your book series?
A. Sookie’s house is perfect, though it doesn’t have the same layout. But the rooms are just right. In Sam’s office, the desk is turned in a different direction, but other than that it’s wonderful.

Q. Do you know ahead of time what is on each episode? Do you watch each Sunday?
A. I do know ahead of time. And I do watch each Sunday.

Q. OK — gotta ask because it’s everywhere! Bill Compton vs. Edward Cullen?
A. There is no contest.

What’s next for Charlaine this year? Three releases.

OTHER AUTHOR INTERVIEWS:

JENNIFER LYON: ‘Blood Magic author talks about her hero and Hugh Jackman’ and CLICK HERE for her writing tips.

SHANA ABE: ‘Author of Dragon series on next book and its renegade lovers’ and CLICK HERE for her writing tips.

LINDA O JOHNSTON: ‘Her Alpha wolves practice safe sex’ and CLICK HERE for her writing tips.

SUSAN SQUIRES: ‘Author of vampire series on strong women, kinky things, time travel’ and CLICK HERE for her writing tips.

ALYSON NOEL: ‘Evermore author on teen angst, immortality and her next book’ and CLICK HERE for her writing tips. See what she says about social media networking HERE.


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