Midnight Crossroad is an entirely new narrative canvas, with an intriguing ensemble cast, a richly described backdrop, and a supernatural undertone that fans of your previous series will devour. After spending so long in Sookie’s world—Dead Until Dark was released way back in 2001—can you tell me about the experience of beginning your first new series in almost 15 years?See--Coffee with a Canine: Charlaine Harris & Scrunch, Rocky, and Oscar.
First off, whew! Let me just breathe a sigh of relief. This is a huge leap for me, and I’m very anxious about Midnight Crossroad’s reception. Also, it was a bear to write, since Midnight Crossroad is so different from anything I’ve ever attempted. I was really stoked by the prospect of doing something new. I don’t like to repeat myself, so I needed the challenge of the third-person point of view and the different premise and setting.
What drew you to create a storyline set in a Texas town in the middle of nowhere? Was there a particular seed of inspiration?
Every summer in my childhood, I spent upwards of two weeks in Rocksprings, Texas, where my mother’s parents lived. They ran a hotel in tiny Rocksprings, and that hotel’s still standing—completely renovated and under different management. The culture and landscape were completely different from...[read on]