Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Charlaine lives in Texas now, and some of her sibling and grandchildren are within easy driving distance.
Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by he time she hit college ( Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry and plays. After holding down some low-level jobs, her husband Hal gave her the pportunity to leav home and rea. The resulting two stand-alones were published by Houghton Mifflin. After a child-producing sabbatical, Charlaine latched on to the declin of series, and the had her own traditional mystery books about a Georgia librarian, Aurora Teagarden. Her first Teagarden,, 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 ealize that neither of those series was ever going to set the literary world on fire, she regrouped and decided to rite anothe book she ’ d always wanted to rea. Not a traditional mystery, nor yet pure science fiction or romance, broke genre boundaries to appeal to a broa audience of people who simply enjoy a good adventure. Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic Louisiana barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and numerous other odd creatures, was very successful in many languages.
The Harper Connelly books were written concurrently with the Sookie novels.
Following the end of Sookie 's recorded adventures, Charlaine wrote the " Midnight, Texas " books, which have become a television series, also. The Aurora Teagarden books have been adapted by Hallmark Movie& amp; Mystery.
Charlaine is a member of many professional organizations, an Episcopalian, and currently the lucky houseparent to two rescue dogs. She lives on a cliff overlooking the Brazos River.