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 a lighthearted series "starring" Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden, with Real Murders, a Best Novel nominee for the 1990 Agatha Awards, and wrote eight Aurora titles. Harris also 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 book follows Sookie as she tries to solve mysteries involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which ended in 2013, has been released in over thirty 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. He wrote and directed the pilot episode for that series, True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008. It was an instant success and went on for seven wildly popular seasons. Harris has 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 currently writes a series set in the small town of Midnight, Texas.
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 and is the mother of three children and the grandmother of two. She lives in central Texas, and when she is not writing her own books, she reads voraciously. Her house is full of rescue dogs. Visit her website at www.CharlaineHarris.com.
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