Charlaine Harris mixes Poe with Bronte and a dash of Dumas for Sookie Stackhouse cauldron of success
With an introduction by NBC-TV actress, comedian, writer, and producer Mindy Kaling, who also has a book coming out this fall, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Crown; November, 2011), mega-selling author Charlaine Harris took the stage at the 2011 BookExpo America (BEA) trade show author's breakfast to introduce her latest edition (#11) of the Sookie Stackhouse vampire novels phenomenon, Dead Reckoning (Ace; May, 2011). Rather than run through the characters and plots of the Sookie Stackhouse series, which are well known not only through Harris' vampire novels, but also through the HBO tv adaptation, True Blood, Harris offered the recipe for her success, beginning with Edgar Allan Poe's macabre imagination and unhealthy life, mixed with the intense, dark romance of Charlotte Bronte's masterpiece Jane Eyre, and salted with the virtues of Alexander Dumas' classic, The Three Musketeers. Skipping the first twenty years because 'everybody else did,' Harris then reviewed her writing career, beginning with her sudden fame and fortune and her transformation to Hollywood celebrity status along with the rude awakenings that come with it. Harris wrapped her BEA 2011 appearance with a salute to the book industries' powerful influence in shaping the world.Charlaine Harris Is Introduced By Mindy Kaling At 2011 BEA[/movie]
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