Thursday, June 26, 2008
Today's Thursday Thirteen edition I will be writing 13 things about my favorite author Charlaine Harris. All of this information is quoted from her website, Charlaine Harris.
Thirteen Things about Charlaine Harris

1. Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. 2. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside. 3. Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry and plays. 4. After holding down some low-level jobs, she had the opportunity to stay home and write, and the resulting two stand-alones were published by Houghton Mifflin. 5. After a child-producing sabbatical, Charlaine latched on to the trend of writing mystery series, and soon had her own traditional books about a Georgia librarian, Aurora Teagarden. Her first Teagarden, REAL MURDERS, garnered an Agatha nomination. 6. Soon Charlaine was looking for another challenge, and the result was the much darker Lily Bard series. The books, set in Shakespeare, Arkansas, feature a heroine who has survived a terrible attack and is learning to live with its consequences. 7. When Charlaine began to realize that neither of those series was ever going to set the literary world on fire, she regrouped and decided to write the book she’d always wanted to write. 8. Not a traditional mystery, nor yet pure science fiction or romance, DEAD UNTIL DARK broke genre boundaries to appeal to a wide audience of people who just enjoy a good adventure. Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic Louisiana barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, has drawn more readers. 9. The southern vampire books are published in Japan, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Thailand, Spain, France, and Russia. 10. In addition to Sookie, Charlaine has another heroine with a strange ability. Harper Connelly, lightning-struck and strange, can find corpses . . . and that’s how she makes her living. 11. In addition to her work as a writer, Charlaine is the past senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church, a board member of Mystery Writers of America, a past board member of Sisters in Crime, a member of the American Crime Writers League, and past president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. 12. She spends her “spare” time reading, watching her daughter play sports, traveling, and going to the movies. 13. Charlaine has a few favorite Causes and Charities that you can find more about here.

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16 comments:

  1. She sounds like a wonderful author, Phoebe. I love those dark stories.

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  2. Thanks Nina. You should check out my interview with Jessica Andersen that I posted yesterday.

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  3. Oh very cool!!!! I remember the Teagarden books.

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  4. This is an author I'm not familiar with. I'll have to check out her books and see if I'd like them.

    Happy TT!

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  5. I had a great talk with the owner of the Mystery Lovers Bookshop about Charlaine. She's well-regarded personally, not just professionally, it seems. One day, I'll get to meet her.

    (and I clearly am behind in my reader 'cause I see an interview with Jessica Andersen that I haven't read yet...)

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  6. I've never read her books, but I've heard that they're great!

    *hugs*
    Paige

    My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/

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  7. I simply adore her Sookie Stackhouse series. *wg* I can't wait for her latest to be released on paperback.

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  8. oh this is great, she sounds pretty cool, will have to check her out

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  9. I've never heard of this author, but she seems quite prolific and popular. Happy TT!

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  10. I've tried Charlaine Harris's books, but I couldn't get into them. She sounds interesting personally, though.

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  11. I love her Sookie Stackhouse series. I read the latest one last week.

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  12. Ive never heard of her. What a great tribute and good way to get the word out. Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

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  13. I can't get into Sookie for some reason. I'll have to try some of her other stuff. Great TT!

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  14. Its so interesting to know about a writers life...

    Happy TT!

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  15. I actually just finished Definitely Dead about two weeks ago! LOL Sookie is a fun character. :) Thanks for sharing your Thursday 13.

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