About Charlaine Harris

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.

Check out Ms Harris' website at:
www.charlaineharris.com
Charlaine Harris -- April 6, 2008
Post Activity Recap

For those who weren't able to make it, you missed a REALLY good time tonight! Our April
Special Activity brought us to the Panera Community Room in Ramsey, NJ with our special
guest, Charlaine Harris -- direct from I-Con (literally,
Todd picked her up immediately following
her last panel of her busy weekend!).
Charlaine Harris has Southern Charm just oozing
from her and it made her visit with us that much more special.

We had a larger than expected turnout for such a last minute event at an earlier time than
usual AND on a Sunday no less.

Ms Harris delighted us and enjoyed fielding our questions on everything from Sookie
Stackhouse (the heroine from her wildly popular
Southern Vampire series) to Harper
Connelly
and Aurora Teagarden to the upcoming HBO series, True Blood, based upon the
"Sookie" stories.

A few years into the Southern Vampire series,
Ms Harris sought to write something "darker"
and began a series about a heroine, Harper Connelly, who finds dead people.