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Hi Charlaine! I didn't know where else to say this, so I just wanted to say this here. Thank you so much for writing and especially thank you for writing the Sookie Stackhouse books! They have been my absolute favorite book series ever since I first began reading them about ten years ago. In fact, I love them so much, I own multiple editions! Who is your favorite character from the Sookie series?
Hello Charlaine! I love reading your books. I'm reading Dead Reckoning right now, and I just can't put the Sookie Stackhouse series down! I think my favorite character is Pam. When she said "F a zombie" in the last book I about died from laughter. Anyway, I just thought I'd tell you how much I love your books, and to ask if you will be coming to or near Little Rock in the near future for a book tour?
Charlaine Harris I'm really glad you are enjoying the books. I tour when my books appear, and the last one was in October (AN EASY DEATH). So the next book will be out next October, if all goes as planned. I am cutting back on touring, so the chances are slim, I'm afraid.
Hi Charlaine, I have just finished reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels, I loved them so much, so much that I cannot stop thinking about them, I am finding it hard to move onto to other books. So first, Do you have any reading suggestions to move on from Bon Temps? Will you ever revisit any of the characters? (Barry Bellboy, Quinn? Eric, or Pam) I love the characters you have created, thank you!
First of all, I must say thank you for creating The Sookie Stackhouse novels. I love reading them. I wanted to know if the show influenced you in any way while writing the ending to your last book? Also, I would like to know who influenced you and your writing and what category books do you like to read? Thank you so much for taking your time I will really appreciate it.
Charlaine Harris When the show began to air, I was already five or six books into the series, and I knew how Sookie's story would end. That didn't change. I have always been a voracious reader, and if you visit my website (charlaineharris.com) you can click on "Books and Blog" and see what I've read and enjoyed for the past few years.
I am a new author, your bio intrigue me for I am a native from Mississippi myself. And I have just written my first book and it is set in Mississippi. I have studied ancestry for 12 years and I am from a family that was the founder of Port Gibson Mississippi. The Magruders from Maryland. Would you be kind enough to tell me how I can promote my new book. It would mean a great deal for me?
Charlaine Harris Mary Ellen, I've been out of the country for three weeks and just saw you message. I am such an old author that the modern methods of promoting books have passed me by, but there are plenty of ways for you to get this information on the Internet. Or you can join Sisters in Crime, or any other professional organization, and learn more. I am glad putting your thoughts on paper helped your depression, and I hope you keep doing that; but I'm forbidden by my agent to look at unpublished manuscripts, for obvious legal reasons. Best of luck.
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[Why do you think Hallmark decided not to have Martin die and then continue on a new path for Aurora thereafter? Everything personal for Aurora is changed from then on and the only similarities between books and movies are the actual crimes and perpetrators. BTW, can't wait for the new book!! I preordered it last week! I still have Sookie and Midnight to finish! Can't get enough of your books! (hide spoiler)]
I just want to say thank you for writing such great mystery books. You fool me nearly every time (about the same time as the main character). I love going on the journey with you & you write so amazingly intricate stories. How do you figure out what should be the mystery in your book? Do you figure out who you want to be the 'bad guy/gal' first or another way? How do you keep it straight in a series?
Charlaine Harris You will hear a different version for every writer. I start with a central character, and once I've got that protagonist in my mind, I build the world that character must live in to produce such a person. When I'm ready to start, I start. I don't outline. That's right for me, but it can lead to a lot of rewriting, a LOT. I work about four-six hours a day, every day.
Ms. Harris, I don't have a question. I only wish to express sincere appreciation for your work. I cannot get enough of your books! I've been reading through everything you've written. I'm currently on A Touch Of Dead. I soak up your books like a sponge soaks up water. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I hope you don't have any retirement plans soon? :)
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