Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She switched to novels a few years later, and achieved publication in 1981 with Sweet and Deadly.
Since then she has released many bestselling series including the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Lily Bard Mysteries, Harper Connelly Mysteries, numerous anthologies and the super popular Sookie Stackhouse series set in Louisiana.
Harris has said before that when writing Sookie’s Louisiana she wanted the world to be the opposite of Anne Rice’s vampire’s in New Orleans. That being said she opted for the less sexy Northern Louisiana. Obviously, that worked out well for her, and we wanted to touch base with her and discover a bit more about our favorite fictional Louisiana town…Bon Temps.
Q: Aside from the characters you’ve created, the world is the most amazing and oddly believable – at least for three hundred or so pages – factor in the series. You could have easily made do with any northern Louisiana town, why Bon Temps?
Q: Is it difficult to create a fantastical, fictional setting out of a real factual place (at least in Shreveport ‘s case)? Did you make any road trips to the area to get a lay of the area?
A: I live pretty close to Shreveport and I do some shopping there, so it wasn’t hard at all. Shreveport is pretty prosaic, and that made it all the more fun to set places like Fangtasia and Hair of the Dog there.
|Shreveport Louisiana skyline|
A: I’ve certainly been to Saint Louis Number One in New Orleans plenty of times; it’s one of my favorite places. And I’ve visited all the old homes in Natchez , Mississippi , which are certainly haunted.
|Goat Castle- Haunted house- Natchez Mississippi|
|Saint Louis Number One|
*Special thanks to Charlaine Harris for answering a few questions for us, we appreciate her taking time out of her very busy schedule. DEAD RECKONING, Sookie Stackhouse book 11, is due for release May 3, 2011 and The Sookie Companion Book with all the ins & outs of Sookieverse (including a map) is due out August 2011.
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