Charlaine Harris: Making Vampires Southern

by Jan Cottingham  on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 12:00 am  

Charlaine Harris

The genuine helpfulness and courtesy of the people.

What has surprised you the most about your success?

That some of the old saws about becoming successful do really apply. People do want something from you, if they perceive you as successful and influential. Of course, sometimes it’s something you don’t mind giving at all. And people do quite often treat you differently if you’re seen as being very successful. On the other hand, it’s very gratifying to be able to use some of the perks for the greater good.

In a speech you gave at the 2012 National Book Festival, you described yourself this way: “I was one of those moody, misfit children who never quite fit in with her friends. … I always had the typical feeling of being misunderstood, of being an outsider, and of wanting to live in a bigger world. Luckily I was able to do that.” Has your success as a writer entirely banished those childhood demons?

I only have to read my Amazon reviews to bring them all back.

What’s your next project?

I’m writing a graphic novel with the great Christopher Golden, “Cemetery Girl,” out this October. My last Sookie novel, “Dead Ever After,” will be out in May. Toni Kelner and I are editing another anthology. I’m working on the first book in a new series.

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