"Sookie" Author Talks True Blood, 10th Book

Cynthia Dermody
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Charlaine Harris True Blood author

Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty

Just because HBO's True Blood has wrapped for the year doesn't mean we can't obsess over it till next June ...

Or May ... if you count the books. That's when Number 10 in the Sookie Stackhouse series, called Dead in the Family, comes out.

Click for a Dead in the Family plot summary.

Even the author herself, Charlaine Harris, is a big fan of the show, which often departs from the book's storyline. Like us, she can't wait to see what happens next.

"It’s surprising!" Harris says in a recent interview in the Sou'wester, a publication of Rhodes College, Harris's alma mater. "I never know what (writer/director) Alan (Ball) is going to do! It’s so much fun that Alan and I trust each other. He never tries to suggest anything for the books, and I never try to suggest anything for the series, because we’re each doing what we do best and we’re enjoying it very much."

Other snipits from the interview:

What's the 10th book about?

Well, it really turned out to be about family issues. I didn’t get the title until I was more than halfway through with the book. There are troubles in Sookie's  extended family, there are troubles in Eric's  family, there are troubles in Bill's family. So, it’s a complicated book with a lot of characters. I really enjoyed writing it—it’s a more tightly focused book than the past couple of books have been.

Which of the TV cast most closely embodies the picture you had in your head?

Oh, my gosh. I guess Stephen Moyer as Bill is probably the closest to the way I had him in my head. He’s just such a fine actor, and I love his subtlety in the role.

Do you still get emotionally involved in the characters that take on a life of their own, separate from the book? For example, when Lafayette survives the end of season 1 ...

I think Lafayette lives because actor Nelsan Ellis has made such an amazing tour de force of that part. Nelsan is fantastic—he’s a wonderful young man. He took that part, and he had the chance all actors drool for. He just made it his own. I’m so proud for him, and happy for him.

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BTW, did you catch Harris's cameo appearance in the Season 2 finale? Tell me where you think it was in comments -- I'll let you know if you're right.

 

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