Dead in the Family
The eagerly awaited 10th novel in the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series.
If you think your family is complicated, think again: you haven't seen anything like those in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric's vampire sire, an ancient being who arrives with Eric's 'brother' in tow at a most inopportune moment. All while Sookie is busy tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbour (and ex), vampire Bill Compton.
Add to this the fact that the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favour and, since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favour for the wolves has dire consequences for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.
Charlaine Harris has become a publishing phenomenon with the launch of Alan Ball's TV series True Blood, based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Charlaine is a permanent fixture on the New York Times bestsellers list.
Dead in the Family
Author: Charlaine Harris
Interview with Charlaine Harris
How is Dead in the Family different to the other nine books in the Sookie Stackhouse series?
Charlaine Harris: Dead in the Family is a continuation of Sookie's adventures, of course, but it's also a look at family relationships and the ties that really matter. It's not as frenetically paced as Dead and Gone, and it has some interesting character growth.
This book, Dead in the Family, touches on difficult family life. Do you believe all your books; although they feature paranormal characters can be related to by the reader?
Charlaine Harris: My audience largely consists of humans, so I definitely hope so.
Where do you get your ideas from, for the Sookie Stackhouse series?
Charlaine Harris: From my own head. Or I might start a train of thought from something I see on the news, or something I read. The characters, as I've developed them, also suggest what might happen next simply by their own nature.
Did you think when you began the series with Dead Until Dark that there would be more than 10 books in the series?
Charlaine Harris: I wasn't sure I'd ever get a chance to write more than one book, so it's amazing to me that I'm still living with Sookie.
Do you know how you want the series to end?
Charlaine Harris: Yes, I know the end of the series.
Are you working on any other books, whilst writing the Sookie Stackhouse series?
Charlaine Harris: Until this year, I was also working on the Harper Connelly books, but after four novels I think I've said everything about Harper that I want to say. I'm really proud of those books, and it was fun writing something different.
What genre do you believe the Sookie Stackhouse series fits in?
Charlaine Harris: I'd have to say it fits best in the new Urban Fantasy subgenre (which didn't exist ten years go), though I clearly write Rural Fantasy.
Do you watch the show, True Blood? If so, what do excites you about the show?
Charlaine Harris: I do watch True Blood. I think it's the most creative show on television. I love the way it looks, I love the brilliant casting, I think the scripts are sharp and entertaining.
Finish this sentence. The best thing about books is...
Charlaine Harris: they're great friends, always there when you need them.
Charlaine Harris is coming to Australia in September as a guest of Hub Productions for True Blood events in Sydney and Melbourne on the 25th and 26th of September www.thehubproductions.com/events
Season 3 of True Blood screens on Showcase in August
Season 2 of True Blood will be released on May 19 on Blu-Ray and DVD, from Warner Home Video.