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Charlaine Harris talks about Life After Sookie

Posted by Lynnpd On May - 1 - 2013

dead-ever-after-by-charlaine-harris-cover-3_4_r560The author that inspired True Blood, Charlaine Harris has shared with Barnes and Noble what her life will be like after the final Sookie Stackhouse book comes out next week.

She writes:

Many of my readers seem anxious about what I’ll be doing now that the last Sookie novel is done. They wonder if I’ll take an extended vacation. But I’d known I was ready to end the series for some time. I felt that I’d told Sookie’s story and had come to the end of the adventures I wanted to relate. That’s a clear indicator a writer needs to move on to something else.

What will that “something else” be? Not just one project, but a lot of them. For over a year, Christopher Golden and I have been working on a graphic novel, “Cemetery Girl,” and the first two volumes have been written. The first one will be published in January 2014. We have a third volume yet to write, and I need to outline the conclusion. Chris is a great collaborator, and he knows everything about graphic novels.

Also in January 2014, in the anthology “Dark Duets” there’ll be a story I co-wrote with the fabulous Rachel Caine. This was another first experience for me, and one I actually enjoyed.

I’ve written a short story for the anthology “Impossible Monsters,” edited by Kasey Lansdale. It’s called The Glitter of the Crowns, and I was really pleased with the way it turned out.  You can find out if you agree in July.

Also in July, I turn in the manuscript for the first non-Sookie novel I’ve written in years. The title is still undetermined, but I can tell you this is an ensemble novel told from several points of view. The book is set in a small town at a crossroads in Texas. One of the buildings there is an old pawnshop, open (almost) 24 hours a day. There are characters from every series I’ve ever written in this novel, and new ones, too.

I’m not taking much of a break, but it’s really reenergizing
to work on so many new things!

Purchase your copy of the last Sookie book and the after “coda” here:


Charlaine Harris responds to leaked DEAD EVER AFTER ending

Posted by Shadaliza On April - 26 - 2013

The last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris will be released on May 7th in the USA, but the final scene of the final book has already found its way to the Internet.  A German reader who obtained a copy dropped this major spoiler bomb online, ruining the fun for millions of Sookie fans.

Charlaine Harris reacted on her Facebook page to this unfortunate leak:

harlaine Harris responds to leaked DEAD EVER AFTER ending

We ask our readers and fellow Truebies not to post any spoilers regarding DEAD EVER AFTER on The Vault, let’s not spoil the fun!

Charlaine Harris to be guest at the Harrogate Crime Festival

Posted by Lynnpd On April - 15 - 2013

charlainehTrue 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. 

Go on over to the festival site to learn more.



An audio excerpt from Charlaine Harris’ final Sookie book, which is due to hit the stores on May 7, is now available on through

As a tease for all Sookie fans, and to get your Sookie cravings satisfied until May, go on over to Amazon and listen to an excerpt from the novel for FREE .

The print and audio versions are both available at Amazon.  To purchase the audio version of Dead Ever After” for FREE sign up for a 30-day trial of The final novel, comes out May 7, but you can pre-order your copy (print or audio versions) now at the links below!

81UWQEFnojL._SL1500_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.



Pre-Order your copy of the last Sookie book by clicking on the Amazon link below:

deadeverafterCharlaine 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.  

Charlaine wrote:

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 Vault Wishes Charlaine Harris a Happy Birthday!

Posted by Lynnpd On November - 24 - 2012

The Vault wishes Charlaine Harris, (writer of Sookie Stackhouse Novels) a Happy Birthday – November 25!

Charlaine Harris Final Sookie Stackhouse Book Cover Released

Posted by Lynnpd On October - 18 - 2012

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.



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