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Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author, born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. She is married and the mother of three. She lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas and when not writing her own books, she is an avid reader.
Her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and teenage angst. She began writing while attending Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She switched to novels a few years later, and achieved publication in 1981 with Sweet and Deadly.
After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, She a Best Novel 1990 nomination Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, for the Agatha Awards. In 1996, she released the first in the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare's Counselor, the fifth—and last-- was printed in fall 2001.
Folowing Shakespeare, Harris created The Sookie Stackhouse series about a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie through her adventures involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which now numbers eleven titles, has been released worldwide.
Sookie Stackhouse has proven to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of the HBO television series Six Feet Under, announced he would undertake the production of a new HBO series based upon the Sookie Stackhouse series. He wrote and directed the pilot episode for that series, True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008 . It was an instant success and is now filming its fourth season.
Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the American Crime Writers League, Sisters in Crime, and the International Crime Writers Association. She is a past member of the boards of Sisters in Crime and MWA. She is also a member of Science Fiction Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Romance Writers of America.