After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris decided to establish a series. She began the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, which garnered a Best Novel nomination in the Agatha Awards of 1990. Harris wrote several books in the series before the mid-1990s when she began branching out into other works.
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 began releasing her Shakespeare series, set in rural Arkansas. 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.
After Shakespeare, Harris created The Southern Vampire Mysteries series about a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse who works in a northern Louisiana bar. 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. The series has been released in Japan, Spain, Greece, Germany, France, Argentina, Brazil, Great Britain, Ireland and Sweden.¹
I was the child of readers, which has had the biggest impact on my writing you can imagine. My brother and I became readers too, naturally, and from reading sprang a love of the language and a love of the written word. ~ Charlaine Harris
People told me for years that I was funny in person; why didn't I put that in my books? I decided it was time to try something different, and I combined my favorite things, humor and the supernatural. ~ Charlaine Harris on her inspiration for the Southern Vampire Series
I like to escape the boundaries of the everyday world from time to time. In that field, I enjoy reading Jim Butcher, Simon Green, Tanya Huff, Susan Sizemore, Kelley Armstrong, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Robin McKinley. That's just off the top of my head. ~ Charlaine Harris
Charlaine Harris Fans! For your convenience, a printable checklist, including the Sookie Stackhouse novels and other series.