Charlaine Harris

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Charlaine Harris Schulz
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Born Charlaine Harris
(1951-11-25) November 25, 1951 (age 66)
Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Pen name Charlaine Harris
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Genre Mystery fiction
Notable works The Southern Vampire Mysteries
Spouse Hal Schulz
Children Patrick, Timothy, and Julia Harris[1]
Relatives Robert Harris (father)
Jean Harris (mother)
Ashley Robert Harris III (brother)[1]

Charlaine Harris Schulz (born November 25, 1951) is an American New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for thirty years.[2] She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She now lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and three children.[2] Though her early work consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later. Her later books have been in the urban fantasy genre. She is best known for The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, which HBO later adapted for its dramatic series entitled True Blood.[3]

Life and career

Harris was born in Tunica, Mississippi. After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris began the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, a Best Novel 1990 nomination for the Agatha Awards. Harris wrote several books in the series before the mid-1990s when she began branching out into other works.[4] She did not resume the series until 1999, with the exception of one short story in a Murder, She Wrote anthology titled "Murder, They Wrote".

In 1996, she released the first in the Shakespeare series featuring cleaning lady detective Lily Bard, set in rural Arkansas. Harris "lives in small-town Arkansas", according to a New York Times interview.[4] The fifth book in the series, Shakespeare's Counselor, was printed in fall 2001, followed by the short story "Dead Giveaway" published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in December of the same year. Harris has stated on her website that she has finished with the series.

After Shakespeare, Harris created The Southern Vampire Mysteries series about a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse who works in a northern Louisiana bar.[4] The first book in the series, 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.[4] The series has been released in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Argentina, Poland, Serbia, Brazil, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Portugal, Iceland, Czech Republic, Romania, Estonia and Israel. Harris wrote thirteen novels in the series. The thirteenth and final novel in the series, Dead Ever After, was published in May 2013,[5] with a supplemental book, After Dead, released in October 2013.[6]

Sookie Stackhouse had proven to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of the HBO television series Six Feet Under, undertook the production of a series based upon The Southern Vampire Mysteries.[7] He wrote and directed the pilot episode for the series, True Blood, which premiered on September 7, 2008 on HBO.[8] The television show was a critical and financial success for HBO running 7 seasons through the 2014 year.[4]

October 2005 marked the debut of Harris's new series entitled The Harper Connelly Mysteries, with the release of Grave Sight. The series is told by a young woman named Harper Connelly, who after being struck by lightning, is able to locate dead bodies and to see their last moments through the eyes of the deceased.[9] In October 2010, it was announced Harper Connelly's series had been optioned for a television series named Grave Sight.

2014 marked the debut of the Cemetery Girl series, a graphic novel series co-written with Christopher Golden and illustrated by Don Kramer.[10]

Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League.[11] She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance.

In her personal life, Harris has been married for many years. She has three children and two grandchildren.[4] She is a former weightlifter and karate student,[12] she is also an avid reader and cinemaphile. Harris formerly resided in Magnolia, Arkansas, where she was the senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church,[4][13] and currently lives in Texas.[14]


Aurora Teagarden Series

  1. Real Murders (1990) ISBN 0-8027-5769-3.
  2. A Bone to Pick (1992) ISBN 0-8027-1245-2
  3. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (1994) ISBN 0-684-19643-3
  4. The Julius House (1995) ISBN 0-684-19640-9
  5. Dead Over Heels (1996) ISBN 0-684-80429-8
  6. A Fool And His Honey (1999) ISBN 0-312-20306-3
  7. Last Scene Alive (2002) ISBN 0-312-26246-9
  8. Poppy Done to Death (2003) ISBN 0-312-27764-4
  9. All the Little Liars (2016) ISBN 1250090032
  10. Sleep Like a Baby (2017) ISBN 978-1-250-09006-5

Lily Bard (Shakespeare) Series (series ended in 2001)

  1. Shakespeare's Landlord (1996) ISBN 0-312-14415-6
    • "Shakespeare's Landlord - an interactive game" (January 2018) Video game adapted from Charlaine Harris' novel of the same name, developed by One More Story Games[15]
  2. Shakespeare's Champion (1997) ISBN 0-312-17005-X
  3. Shakespeare's Christmas (1998) ISBN 0-312-19330-0
  4. Shakespeare's Trollop (2000) ISBN 0-312-26228-0
  5. Shakespeare's Counselor (2001) 0-312-27762-8

Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire) Series (series ended in 2013)

  1. Dead Until Dark (May 2001) ISBN 0-441-00853-4
  2. Living Dead in Dallas (March 2002) ISBN 0-441-00923-9
  3. Club Dead (May 2003) ISBN 0-441-01051-2.
  4. Dead to the World (May 2004) ISBN 0-441-01167-5
  5. Dead as a Doornail (May 2005) ISBN 0-441-01279-5
    • "One Word Answer" in Bite (December 2005) and in "A Touch of Dead" (October 2009) ISBN 0-515-13970-X.
  6. Definitely Dead (May 2006) ISBN 0-441-01400-3
  7. All Together Dead (May 2007) ISBN 0-441-01494-1.
  8. From Dead to Worse (May 2008) ISBN 0-441-01589-1.
  9. Dead and Gone (May 2009) ISBN 0-441-01715-0.
    • "The Britlingens Go to Hell" in Must Love Hellhounds (September 2009)[16]
    • "Dahlia Underground" in Crimes by Moonlight (April 2010)—takes place during All Together Dead; a Dahlia short story[16]
  10. Dead in the Family (May 2010)
    • "Two Blondes" in Death's Excellent Vacation (August 2010)
    • "Small-Town Wedding" a novella in The Sookie Stackhouse Companion (August 2011)—an anthology with interviews, FAQ, recipes, and more[17]
    • "A Very Vampire Christmas" in Glamour Magazine (December 2010)—a Dahlia short story[16][18]
    • "Dying for Daylight" (February 2011)—The first all new video game written by Charlaine Harris, released by iPlay Games; starring Dahlia [16][19]
  11. Dead Reckoning (May 2011)
  12. Deadlocked (May 2012)
    • "If I Had a Hammer" in Home Improvement: Undead Edition (August 2011)
    • "Playing Possum" in An Apple for the Creature (September 2012)
  13. Dead Ever After (May 2013)
    • The final Sookie Stackhouse novel[5]
  14. After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse (October 29, 2013)[6]
  15. Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse (November 25, 2014)

Harper Connelly Series (series ended in 2009)

  1. Grave Sight (2005) ISBN 0-425-20568-1
  2. Grave Surprise (2006) ISBN 0-425-21203-3
  3. An Ice Cold Grave (2007) ISBN 0-425-21729-9
  4. Grave Secret (2009) ISBN 0-441-01830-0; ISBN 978-0-441-01830-7

Cemetery Girl Series (with Christopher Golden)

  1. Book One: The Pretenders (2014) ISBN 978-0-857-38908-4.[21]

Midnight, Texas trilogy

  1. Midnight Crossroad (May 2014)
  2. Day Shift (May 2015)
  3. Night Shift (May 2016)


As editor

  • Many Bloody Returns (September 2007) (co-editor with Toni LP Kelner)
  • Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (October 2008) (co-editor with Toni LP Kelner)
  • Crimes by Moonlight (April 2010)
  • Death's Excellent Vacation[22] (August 2010) (co-editor with Toni LP Kelner)
  • Home Improvement: Undead Edition (August 2011) (co-editor with Toni LP Kelner)
  • An Apple for the Creature (September 2012) (co-editor with Toni LP Kelner)

TV Adaptations

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Her series of novels The Southern Vampire Mysteries was adapted into the show True Blood. The series lasted 7 seasons and totaled 80 episodes. It was nominated for dozens of awards. True Blood aired on HBO. The show was also the most viewed show on HBO since The Sopranos.

The second show to be based on Charlaine Harris's work is Midnight, Texas. The show premiered on NBC in 2017.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Wright, Thea. "Biography of Charlaine Harris". Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Harris, Charlaine. "Charlaine Harris: Biography". Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Harris, Charlaine. "Charlaine Harris — Bibliography". Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Deborah Solomon, "Questions for Charlene Harris: Once Bitten: The writer talks about her 10th vampire novel and the hit TV series it inspired," New York Times Magazine, May 2, 2010, p. 18.
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-19. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ "TV News, TV Recaps, TV Reviews, TV ratings — From Inside the Box — Zap2it". Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  8. ^ Creepy, Uncle (2010-02-28). "True Blood Creator Comic Coming Along With Some Surprises". Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  9. ^ "Charlaine Harris, author of Sookie Stackhouse books, is born - Nov 25, 1951 -". Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  11. ^ American Crime Writers League Archived September 28, 2016, at the Wayback Machine..
  12. ^ "Charlaine Harris: Putting the Bite on Cozy Mysteries" Archived March 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., retrieved on 2009-10-27.
  13. ^ Shepard, Martha Hunter (Fall 2007). "Charlaine Harris: Dead-On Author". Rhodes Magazine. Rhodes College. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  14. ^ "Charlaine Harris (1951–)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  15. ^ "OMSG announces deal with Charlaine Harris, #1 NYT bestselling author". Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h a Southern Vampire story without the character of Sookie Stackhouse
  17. ^ "September 11, 2010 Wall Post". Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  18. ^ "August 15, 2010, August 21, 2010, and November 16, 2010 Wall Posts". Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  19. ^ "Dying for Daylight". Dying for Daylight. 2010-12-22. Archived from the original on 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  20. ^ "Bibliography — Sookie Stackhouse". Charlaine Harris. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  21. ^ "Story Behind Cemetery Girl by Charlaine Harris". 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  22. ^ "February 6, 2009". 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Fantastic Fiction Author Page
  • Charlaine Harris at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  • Charlaine Harris Collection (MUM00221) owned by the University of Mississippi Department of Archives and Special Collections
  • Charlaine Harris's Lifestyle Blog
  • Story Behind Cemetery Girl — Online Essay by Charlaine Harris
  • The book "Dead and gone", "which vampire he meant", just like the Alien and Alopecia progeria.-H.H.Li March 16, 2017.
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