Interview with Charlaine Harris (Midnight Crossroad Blog Tour)

Midnight Crossroad Blog Tour

Follow the whole blog tour on the countdown to publication!

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!

Midnight Crossroad

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine HarrisFrom 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!


Review: Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris

Review: Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine HarrisDead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #5
Published by Ace/Roc, Gollancz
Pages: 295
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased myself
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Also in this series: Dead Until Dark

Sookie's got just a month, before the next full moon, to find out who wants her brother dead - and to stop the fiend! Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her life, mostly. She's a great cocktail waitress in a fun bar; she has a love life, albeit a bit complicated, and most people have come to terms with her telepathy. The problem is, Sookie wants a quiet life - but things just seem to happen to her and her friends. Now her brother Jason's eyes are starting to change: he's about to turn into a were-panther for the first time.

She can deal with that, but her normal sisterly concern turns to cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population. She afraid not just because Jason's at risk, but because his new were-brethren suspect Jason may be the shooter. Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who's behind the attacks - unless the killer decides to find her first.

Thoughts: I am an ex-True Blood fan. While I am grateful for the series as it got me to pick up the Sookie Stackhouse series, I don’t watch it any more. It is brash and crass and just a bit too crazy – qualities that are fantastic in the short term, but painful after 4 long years.

But the Sookie books are nothing like True Blood – a fact that always comes to me as a shocking realisation whenever I pick up a new Sookie book. Dead as a Doornail is just like its predecessors: sweet, comforting and very Southern. If these books were food, they’d be a series of Red Velvet cupcakes… providing serious southern comfort while looking like blood.

Yup. Sookie Stackhouse novels = literary equivalent of Red Velvet.

So, of course, Dead as a Doornail was a pleasure to read. I curled up with it and was happy reading about both Sookie’s car troubles and her weird paranormal problems. It was a sweet, escapist read – and I will certainly be reading more books in the series. But did it keep me on my toes? Nope. Did it have me dying to read the next page? Nope. Did I feel any of the emotional ups-and-downs of reading a good book? Not once.

Why is that? Well, Dead as a Doornail is a bog-standard mystery with vampires and werewolves thrown in. Problem was that this particular mystery had no bite to it. By the time of the big reveal, my sole reaction was “huh”. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Alongside the mystery was Sookie’s ludicrous love life. She has FIVE men chasing after her in Dead as a Doornail – three of whom she kisses in this short book. Oh, and as if those five weren’t enough, Love Interest #6 makes his debut at the end of the novel. Seriously? I mean, if I were taking these books seriously (thank God I’m not) I would be quite pissed off by this flip-flopping.

Bottom line? This is an enjoyable series, but Dead as a Doornail is far from brilliant. If you don’t take the plot too seriously, you’ll probably enjoy it.

Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine HarrisDead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #1
Published by Ace/Roc, Gollancz
Pages: 292
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased myself
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Also in this series: Dead as a Doornail

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn't date much because of her "disability" to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's the type of guy she's waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too--he's a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next.

 I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.

Thoughts:  I really enjoyed this book. What got me out to the bookstore was seeing the True Blood pilot. I would highly recommend watching it when the season airs and as it totally added to the experience. I bought it mostly out of love for Bill – who reminds me of Edward from the Twilight series despite being nothing like him at all.

Anyhow, this book was so much fun. It was such an amazing look on the whole vampire/human romance because they are all “out of the coffin”. Usually it’s all one big secret, but in this case everyone and their mother knows what Sookie is up to with Bill.

Another thing that I really appreciated was Sookie being just that little bit special and it not being such a good thing. Charlaine Harris deals very well with the fact that a young girl hearing voices in her head is not exactly healthy. Reminds me of the J.K. Rowling quote, Hearing voices no one else can hear isn’t a good sign, even in the wizarding world.