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Charlaine Harris, who has been writing mysteries for over twenty years, is a native of Mississippi. Born and raised in the Delta, she began training for her career as soon as she could hold a pencil. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and (later) teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, and graduated to books a few years later.
After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris decided to establish a series. She began the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, which garnered an Agatha nomination. Harris's protagonist, a diminutive Georgia librarian whose life never turns out quite the way she planned, kept Harris busy for several books, but finally Harris (and Aurora) grew restless.
The result of this restlessness was the much edgier Shakespeare series — set not in England, but in rural Arkansas. The heroine of the Shakespeare books is Lily Bard, a tough and taciturn woman whose life has been permanently reshaped by a terrible crime and its consequences. In Shakespeare's Landlord, the first in the series, Lily is caught at a moment when the shell she's built around herself is just beginning to crack, and the books capture Lily's emotional re-entry into the world, while also being sound mysteries.
Harris's latest venture is a series about a telepathic barmaid in southern Louisiana. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony for best paperback mystery of 2001. Each book about Sookie Stackhouse (and her dealings with vampires and werewolves and other creatures of the night) has gathered more readers to enjoy the books' unique blend of mystery, humor, romance, and the supernatural. The Sookie books are also being read in Japan, Spain, Greece, and Great Britain.
In addition to her work as a writer, Harris is married and the mother to three children. A former weight lifter and karate student, she is an avid reader and cinemaphile. She is a member of the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church.
Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. (2004 Charlaine Harris)
My daughter enjoyed these very much. I got these for her for Christmas at a great pricePublished 5 months ago by deb
I am slowly going through this series because i love the show.. but this is so so much better because i have not be keeping up with the show. the inner dialogue is more intense. Read morePublished 5 months ago by TruPhotographer
Excellent read. Zipping through them as the books are rather thin. But the plot lines are unusual and interesting and they are hard to put down! Better than the TV series. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
love the books definetly worth it :) couldn't put them downPublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's my summer reading. I've read the serie three times, never get bored. Love book-Sookie! So not like the TV-Sookie! Much, much better in the books. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Joanie L.
I loved the books, very fun. Sookie is the type of person I understand, I love her spunk. Looking forward to reading the rest.Published 22 months ago by Melissa Dodge