Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books are the basis of the HBO series True Blood, written and produced by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under). They have appeared in twenty-five languages and on many best-seller lists. Ms. Harris was born in Mississippi and lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, daughter and three dogs. Their sons are out of the nest. In her years as a published writer, she’s written four series, two stand-alone novels, numerous short stories and a novella or two.

The author of the vampire mystery novels that gave rise to the True Blood series shares the compelling reads that taught her about writing, including a couple of dime-store paperbacks.