The last event I went to at Books in the Basin was a talk with Charlaine Harris, who’s definitely one of the bigger names at the event. So it was held in a Performing Arts Center instead of at a college, an interesting building with artistic architecture–leaning decorative pillars, scattered windows, and orange velvet seats.
Charlaine Harris was one of the forerunners of the Urban Fantasy explosion, and she talked about how difficult it was to break into publishing, when pretty much no one had done so before. Of course, the genre is doing quite well for itself now, but it wasn’t back when the Sookie Stackhouse series started.
She and the interviewer talked for a while, and then the audience asked questions. They asked about True Blood, and she said pretty much the same thing she’s said in interviews–the t.v. show is its own entity, and she had little to do with any of the decisions made.
However, she said there was a message in her books that she thought the show captured as well: Sometimes bad things happen, and aren’t fixable, and you’ll never be the same. But there’s almost no situation so bad you can’t find something to laugh about.
Though she’s far more famous for her books about Sookie, I brought a book from one of my favorite series, about lightning-struck Harper, who finds dead bodies, and her newest book which is a spin-off focused on one of the secondary characters, Midnight Crossroad.
All in all, I had an absolute blast at the festival, and hope it did well enough to happen again next year.