I am thrilled to introduce the wonderful Charlaine Harris. Her brand-new series – Midnight, Texas – is set in a small Southern town with nosy neighbours and late night murders. In other words, it is quintessential Charlaine!
Thank you, Ms. Harris for taking time away from your writing to answer a few questions!
To start off: can you introduce us all to the world of Midnight, Texas?
Midnight is a small down somewhat west of central Texas. It was formed around a crossroads in the late 1800s — early 1900s, though now the town is mostly empty. The people who live there have a lot of secrets . . . of course.
While Midnight Crossing is the start of an all-new series, it stars some very familiar characters. What can fans of your other series look forward to? Is there anything Charlaine Harris-newbies need to know before they start?
I think newbies will have an easy time getting comfortable with the world. Though I do use characters from past works, I did my best to make it easy for new readers to meet up with them, because those characters are getting a new start in Midnight.
As one of the genre’s most celebrated authors – and, dare I say, one of the pioneers of Modern/Urban Fantasy – your work is constantly under the spotlight. What has been the toughest criticism you’ve faced as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism? How shall I pick? Hmmm. The most painful one is fired at me pretty often from haters of the last few Sookie novels: it’s that I “phoned them in.” I work very hard on each book I write; never doubt that. If you think I worked hard with very little result, so be it; but I worked.
The best compliment . . . that’s a much happier topic. Many times readers have told me that my work has helped through a sad situation in their own lives. That makes me feel wonderful, and that I’m doing the right thing.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
For many years, I wrote with very little success. Having been on the bottom of the totem pole, you can bet I appreciate my readers. That’s why I decided to end the Sookie series; I could feel I was running out of creative energy, I’d reached the end of the story I had to tell. I didn’t think it was fair to continue the books if I was running on empty. I hope they’ll enjoy the new books!
From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale—populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it…
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.
There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).
Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…
Midnight Crossroad will be released at one minute past midnight, May 8th 2014! Add the book to your goodreads and then enjoy the rest of the blog tour countdown!