Charlaine Harris: Biography
25 nov 1951
Charlaine Harris was born in Mississippi and was raised amid cotton fields. She has been writing since well before she started college, but her early works comprised mainly ghost stories, poetry and plays. When she graduated she worked in a couple of low-paid jobs before being able to become a full-time novelist.
Harris has spoken in interviews about her avid reading habits, and how she finds it difficult to pin down her specific influences since she reads such a great deal. She has mentioned that classic writers such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and Alexandre Dumas in particular have all had a big influence on the way in which she constructs and writes her novels.
Since her first novel was published in 1981, Harris has since written over 40 further novels, all of which have been extremely popular across the world. Charlaine Harris is a Number 1 New York Times bestselling author and has been awarded such accolades as the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy Book and the Agatha Award for best novel. The thirteen books in her bestselling series The Southern Vampire Mysteries was adapted for television for HBO and became the hugely successful series True Blood. The series, based upon Harris’s books, ran for seven seasons.
Charlaine Harris currently lives in Magnolia, Arkansas with her husband. She is very involved in the religious community and serves as a warden at her local Episcopal Church. She continues to write novels and is a current member of several different boards of authors sitting across the United States.