TIH 256: Charlaine Harris on Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood, Sex Scenes, and Midnight Texas

TIH 256 Charlaine Harris on Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood, Sex Scenes, and Midnight Texas

In this podcast Charlaine Harris talks about Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood, sex scenes, Midnight Texas, and much more.

About Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is an American New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for thirty years. Her books include the Sookie Stackhouse series, Harper Connelly series, Cemetery Girl series (with Christopher Golden), and Midnight Texas trilogy. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She now lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and three children.

Show notes

  • [03:40] Life lessons growing up
  • [05:35] First experiences with story
  • [08:20] Writing start
  • [09:30] Sweet and Deadly (UK title: Dead Dog)
  • [10:35] Lessons from first published novel
  • [13:20] Navigating around obstacles
  • [14:05] Literary agents
  • [17:35] Sookie Stackhouse series
  • [19:45] Romance crowd
  • [30:00] Alan Ball producing True Blood television show
  • [32:10] Meeting Anne Rice
  • [34:15] Alan Smulling, via Patreon, asks about the influence of Anne Rice
  • [35:20] Traci Kenworth, via Patreon, asks about planning the Sookie Stackhouse series
  • [37:00] Don’t write the boring bits and meeting Elmore Leonard
  • [39:30] Lisa Quigley, via Patreon, asks about sex scenes
  • [41:55] Robert S. Wilson, via Patreon, asks about dream collaborations
  • [45:00] Ryan Whitley, via Patreon, asks about horror’s place in the contemporary literature and political landscape
  • [47:50] Alan Smulling, via Patreon, asks about HBO True Blood series and effect on storytelling
  • [50:05] Midnight Texas series and TV adaptation
  • [52:45] Weightlifting and goju karate—lessons transferrable to writing
  • [56:30] Collaborating with Christopher Golden on Cemetery Girl
  • [01:00:00] White whales
  • [01:01:50] Advice to eighteen-year-old self
  • [01:02:50] Connect with Charlaine
  • [01:03:15] Final thoughts

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