Interview with Author Charlaine Harris

Interview with Author Charlaine Harris 

Charlaine Harris, debut author of The Sookie Stackhouse Novels and other books. #1 New York Times best-selling author, has given up some of her time to give an interview to Lu's Reviews. So without further ado here it is. 

Lu's Reviews: First of all I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for everyone here at Lu's Reviews and our wonderful readers. 

Lu's Reviews - What was the first book that got you interested I'm reading and writing? 

Charlaine Harris - I was always interested in reading, and writing was an extension of that love of the written word.

Lu's Reviews - What was your favourite childhood book?

Charlaine Harris - I had many favourite books since I was an avid reader. I read "Jane Eyre," "Rebecca," and "Pride and Prejudice" many, many times.

Lu's Reviews - Who is your favourite author?

Charlaine Harris - I can't really narrow it down to one writer. I get excited when I get a new book by Anne Bishop, Daniel O'Malley, Robert Crais, Patricia Briggs, Lee Child, GM Malliet, Thomas Perry, Leigh Perry, Dana Cameron . . . the list goes on and on.

Lu's Reviews - Who inspires you? 

Charlaine Harris - Any time I read a book I find exciting and fresh, I try to do better as a writer myself. Reading a book I can't put down is the best stimulus to my own creativity.

Lu's Reviews - How did you first get into writing? Getting your first book published? 

Charlaine Harris - I always wrote, from when I was very young. It hardly seemed achievable to me, but I knew I wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first book when I was in a creative writing class in St. Louis, MO (I lived there one year). Fortunately for me, the teacher of the class was a former editor at Houghton Mifflin, and she recommended my book to an editor there. HM bought the book.

Lu's Reviews - Do you do a lot of research before writing each book? 

Charlaine Harris - Not a lot, because I don't always know what I'm going to need for the book. Questions come up during the writing that I didn't anticipate. I do a lot on the fly.

Lu's Reviews - Do you always want to be an author? If you weren't an author what job would you do? 

Charlaine Harris - I always wanted to write, as I've said. I was a typesetter for a while for a couple of companies (a newspaper and an ad agency), but I am not a good employee. I work much better on my own. Maybe I would be a librarian?

Lu's Reviews - How long does it take you to write a book? 

Charlaine Harris - It takes as long as my contract says I have.

Lu's Reviews - Do you believe in writer's block? 

Charlaine Harris - I believe that writers can paint themselves into a corner. If you can't think of where to go, you need to back up and come at the story again from another angle and see if that removes the blockage.

Lu's Reviews - Do you believe there is power in words? 

Charlaine Harris - Absolutely. Words are powerful, never doubt it.


Thank you again for taking the time to do this interview. 

The interview will be posted on my blogs at: 

I shall also post links to the interview on my Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. 

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