Charlaine Harris event
What a privilege it was last night to join ARRA members Debbie, Allison (representing Galaxy Bookshop), Jacq (representing Bookthingo) and Sydney-based book sellers in an intimate cocktail party to welcome Charlaine Harris to the country on her first Australian tour. Charlaine and her sister flew in only yesterday morning, so she was doing very well to not only be upright and coherent, but gracious and lovely to the attendees. She made sure to speak to everyone at least once, shake hands, sign books, and generally spread herself (and her adorable Southern accent) around.
The bad news is that she was absolutely adamant about not dropping any hints about the final instalment of the Sookie Stackhouse novels (the 13th and final book, Dead Ever After, is due out next year). Although, when asked about the Sookie–Bill–Eric love triangle, she did say, “why does everyone assume it’s going to be one of them?” A hint? A clue? Just an offhand remark? Only time will tell. Charlaine sure isn’t.
She did say that she is looking forward to moving on from Sookie. Her next series is the Midnight Palm series and will feature an ensemble cast set at a crossroads in Texas, featuring a little bit of mystery and a little bit of paranormal. Charlaine hopes that some readers at least will follow her out of Bon Temps.
All in all, it was a lovely evening, and Charlaine was just gorgeous. Huge thanks to Jaki and Kate from Hachette for organising and for the invitation—and for the food. I flew in from Melbourne for the evening, and what with plane flights and public transportation and getting where I needed to go, I didn’t have a chance to eat all day, so I was very appreciative of the lovely spread!
We scored a signed book to give away to one lucky ARRA member. Leave a comment telling us what you would have asked Charlaine if you had been there, and you will go in the draw to win the signed copy of Deadlocked. The giveaway will close on 20 August. (The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Anne Gracie.)
There is still an opportunity to meet Charlaine at events in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. You can find all the details here.