Charlaine Harris, one of our two headliners, is a #1 New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over thirty years. She launched the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, a Best Novel nominee for the 1990 Agatha Awards, and wrote eight Aurora titles in the series about the Georgia librarian. Hallmark came calling and the series enjoys a new life with Candace Cameron Bure in the lead.
Harris then created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series about a telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first of these, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each subsequent book follows Sookie through adventures involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which ended in 2013, has been released in over 30 languages. Sookie Stackhouse proved to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, announced he would undertake the production of a new show for HBO based upon the books. True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008, was an instant success and went on for seven wildly popular seasons.
Harris is also the author of the Shakespeare Mysteries, featuring amateur sleuth Lily Bard, as well as the Harper Connelly Mysteries Series. She also wrote a trilogy set in the small town of Midnight, Texas, which was optioned for television and is currently on NBC.
Harris co-edited a series of very popular urban fantasy anthologies with bestselling author and friend Toni L.P. Kelner. The most recent are Games Creatures Play and Dead But Not Forgotten. The anthologies feature stories with an element of the supernatural, and the submissions come from a rare mix of mystery and urban fantasy writers.
Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), 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, and she has served as president of the MWA. She is also a member of Science Fiction Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Romance Writers of America.
Harris has been married for many years. She is the mother of three wonderful children and the grandmother of two. She lives in central Texas, and when she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously. Her house is full of rescue dogs.