Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Author Of The Month: Charlaine Harris

Every month I like to take a little time out of reviewing and meme's to post about a special author who impacts not only myself an this blog but also the book/entertainment community. This month I have chosen Charlaine Harris. So without further ado let me give you a little info about this amazing author:

Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. 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. Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry and plays. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. The southern vampire books are published in Japan, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Thailand, Spain, France, and Russia. 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. 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. She spends her “spare” time reading, watching her daughter play sports, traveling, and going to the movies.

Charlaine is the perfect choice this month for my spotlight author! Not only was "Dead In The Family" hitting the bookshelves of stores everywhere this past month along with Season 2 of True Blood, but also Season 3 of True Blood start on the 13th of this month!! I am a huge fan of her "Sookie Stackhouse Series" and a glued-to-the-TV fan of True Blood. I think personally I've read everyone of her novels at least twice just to make sure I didn't miss anything. She has such a way with her character development and settings that it pulls you into the story. And now thanks to HBO I have some amazing (hottt!) images to go by while reading. (If your a fanatic like myself, you know I'm talking about Eric, Bill, Sam, and Jason.) But what I love most about Charlaine' s books is that she takes a fresh perspective on the supernatural. You're never bored or feel jaded because her view on Supes is sooo new and off the beaten path! I personally cannot wait for more Charlaine and more Sookie! A note to the author: please keep the books coming, I cannot get enough!!

LOL=Lots Of Love

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