True Blood’s inspiration, Charlaine Harris is scheduled to attend, as a high-profile guest at UK’s Harrogate Crime Festival. The festival will coincide with the publication of REAL MURDERS, A BONE TO PICK and the first Lily Bard Mystery, SHAKESPEARE’S LANDLORD. Orion is bringing her crime-writing to a whole new audience to be published on 4th July 2013.
Special Guests at the festival in addition to Charlaine Harris are Kate Atkinson, Lee Child, Susan Hill, Ruth Rendell interviewed by Jeanette Winterson and William McIlvanney In Conversation with Ian Rankin. We will be introducing more names over the coming weeks, so be sure to head over to our authors page where we will be announcing a new featuring author each day!
The Harrogate Crime Writing Festival 2013 Festival Dates & First Special Guests Announced as 18-21 July 2013, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.
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Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Book, Dead Ever After marked the end of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—a series that garnered millions of fans and spawned True Blood. That book is due out in May. It also stoked a hunger that will never die…a hunger to know what happened next. So to satisfy that craving, to be released on October 29, 2013 is the Coda Book for the series, called “After Dead.”
With characters arranged alphabetically—from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli—bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens.
This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions—including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after…
The book will feature extensive interior art by acclaimed Sookie artist Lisa Desimini, including a Sookieverse Alphabet, color endpapers, and several full-page black and white interior illustrations.
Go on over to Amazon and pre-order your copy of the coda and the final Sookie Book now:
The True Blood fans all owe a huge debt to Charlaine Harris for creating the world that our favorite show is based upon. Her long-running book series chronicling the adventures of a mind-reading barmaid and her (many) supernatural lovers is finally coming to an end this May with Dead Ever After. Entertainment Weekly spoke to Harris about her future plans and saying goodbye to Sookie.
Ms. Harris has also narrated the trailer for her final book, hear her give clues as to what’s going to happen in the final pages of this much loved series by watching the trailer.
EW: How does it feel to be done with the Sookie Stackhouse novels? CHARLAINE HARRIS: Mostly I’m just excited about doing something different. This is the longest I’ve ever written a series and I’m really ready to do something else. I’ve sure enjoyed living in Bon Temps and seeing Sookie so much, but I just came to realize that I’d come to the end of what I’d wanted to say about her.
Are you satisfied with the ending?
It’s the ending I had planned all along, maybe from like the second book on. There will be people who are super happy and there will be people who will not be happy, but you have to stay true to your own vision.
So you never felt the urge to change anything in the series based on the readers’ feedback?
No. I’m sorry, this is the universe I’m the queen of. The readers can get pretty angry and tell me I’m writing the characters wrong. I hardly see how that could be possible. They’re my characters! [Laughs]
I feel like Eric is especially a source of controversy. I have a friend who told me to ask you, and I quote: “Why did you decide to create a character that everyone fell in love with and then rip him from are our nimble little page-turning fingers?”
When I created Eric, I felt I’d created a complete person, with both a very attractive side and an unattractive one. Of course, no one’s perfect, human or vampire or Were! There’s no perfect “happily ever after.” But I get a lot of indignant feedback from a small but vocal group of readers whenever the narrative requires that one of Eric’s less lovely characteristics play into the story.
But it must be flattering to a degree. People care about these characters so much that they feel like they know them better than you do. That’s how real they are.
Well, it is! Of course it’s tremendously flattering. I appreciate the fact that people get so invested in the characters. That’s what every writer wants: She wants to pull them into her world. Amazingly, I seem to have done that with Sookie. It’s just thrilling.
Have you been watching the TV show? Personally I like that it’s so different from the books.
Well, I like it too. There’s the Game of Thrones approach in which they stay very faithful to the books. Of course they have to compress and delete some things because the books are so long. I really like that because I get to see what I’ve read and enjoyed. But at the same time,True Blood gives you the same characters in a completely new environment.
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Charlaine Harris wrote on her web site that there will be a coda to her Sookie books which will be published after her last book, “Dead Ever After” and it will be titled “After Dead,” which is the shortened title. The long title is “After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse.” It is scheduled to be available to purchase on Amazon by October 29, 2013.
I hope a lot of you read this thread today, because I’ve chosen it to make a little announcement. I just saw the cover for “After Dead,” which is the coda to the Sookie books. My publisher decided to publish it before Christmas in a separate volume. It will be a slim book containing what happens AFTER “DEA” to many of the characters I’ve created over the years. And Lisa is drawing a Sookie alphabet for the book. There are several other features under consideration for this volume, which is intended as a stocking stuffer. I’ll post more when I know it.
Back in September she wrote:
I just finished writing the Coda, which will comprise the futures of many of the important characters in the Sookieverse. I can’t possibly cram all of them into the last book. We’re still deciding how and when to make the Coda public.
Charlaine Harris, the creator of the Sookie Stackhouse series of books that were Alan Ball’s inspiration for the creation of True Blood has been named as one of Hollywood’s 25 most powerful authors by The Hollywood Reporter.THR selected those living authors who have been most successful in shepherding their books from page to screen, balancing success in publishing (total output, sales, best-sellers) and in Hollywood (completed adaptations, projects in development, screenwriting and producing credits) while accounting for cultural influence. More power to them.
Charlaine Harris came in at #14 and here’s what they had to say about her:
Known For: “Sookie Stackhouse” novels, source of “True Blood.” Big Number: The series has sold more than 20 million books.
“They’re not all tough gals or bitches,” says Harris of her heroines, including telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse.“They’re a mixture of good and bad, strength and weakness. I try to write people who aren’t black and white.” Harris has sold more than 30 million books worldwide, with four titles topping The New York Timesbest-seller list, and her Stackhouse novels serve as the basis for the vampire series True Blood, HBO’s highest-rated show.
“Sookie’s a blue-collar heroine, and that resonates with people who are having economic troubles,” says the Mississippi native and mother of three grown children who lives in Arkansas with her husband. As she bids farewell to Sookie and her supernatural friends — the upcoming 13th book, Dead Ever After, will be the series’ last — Harris is readying her next project: her first graphic novel, Cemetery Girl, due in 2013.
The Cover for the final edition of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse Book has been released.Dead Ever After, the 13th and final novel in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, will be published May 7, which shows Sookie walking off into the sunset.
Inspiration for the HBO hit True Blood, starring Anna Paquin, the novels tell the story of a telepathic waitress who mixes it up with all sorts of paranormal creatures.
Asked why she’s shutting down the series, Harris says, “I felt that I’d told the story I set out to tell. I thought continuing it, which I could have done, would have been a disservice to readers who have stuck with me this long.”
The First Sookie novel, Dead Until Dark, was published in 2001. There are more than 20 million copies of the series in print.
True Blood’s creator Charlaine Harris will be the headliner for the 12th annual West Virginia Book Festival.
Harris will speak and answer questions on October 13 in the coliseum of the Charleston Civic Center. She will sign books from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, just before her program, and then again immediately after her program until 4:30 p.m. Numbered tickets will be distributed to audience members as they enter the Coliseum, and groups of ticket numbers will be called to the signing table.
Harris is known for her Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series – the basis for the hit HBO series “True Blood,” now in its fourth season. The 12-book series features a telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first book, “Dead Until Dark,” won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie’s adventures involving vampires, werewolves and other supernatural creatures.
The festival is scheduled Oct. 13-14. The event is presented annually by Kanawha County Public Library, the West Virginia Humanities Council, The Library Foundation of Kanawha County, The Charleston Gazette and the Charleston Daily Mail.