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
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.