Posted 04 Feb 2009
New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris, who resides in southern Arkansas, discusses the genre-bending Southern Vampire series with veteran journalist Steve Barnes on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Friday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Born in Tunica, Miss., Harris began writing as a teenager and ventured into poetry and plays during her years at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. After having three children and writing two mystery series, Aurora Teagarden and Lily Bard, Harris decided to create the Southern Vampire series, which offered an unconventional take on the vampire mythos. In 2007, Academy Award winner Alan Ball, developed the Southern Vampire series into HBOs Golden Globe award-winning True Blood.
I think most people want to believe that there are creatures we dont know about, if it be Bigfoot, if it be the Loch Ness monster, whatever, Harris said. Everybodys got their pet monster.The Southern Vampire series has achieved worldwide appeal and is published in Japan, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Thailand, Spain, France and Russia.
The highest compliment a reader can say is I havent read a book in years until I read yours, and now Im reading, Harris said. And I think Yeah, my job is done.
Harris accolades include an Agatha nomination for Aurora Teagarden and an Anthony Award for Dead Until Dark.
Barnes and Charlaine Harris will re-air Thursday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.