Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is a true daughter of the South. She was born in Mississippi and has lived in Tennessee, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Texas. After years of dabbling with poetry, plays, and essays, her career as a novelist began when her husband invited her to write full time. Her first book, Sweet and Deadly, appeared in 1981. When Charlaine’s career as a mystery writer began to falter, she decided to write a cross-genre book that would appeal to fans of mystery, science fiction, romance, and suspense. She could not have anticipated the huge surge of reader interest in the adventures of a barmaid in Louisiana, or the fact that Alan Ball would come knocking at her door. Since then, Charlaine’s novels have been adapted for several other television series, with two in development now. Charlaine is a voracious reader. She has one husband, three children, two grandchildren, and two rescue dogs. She leads a busy life. is her website.

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Romancing SFF Monthly Meetup – Featuring: Charlaine Harris

January 21, 2023 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

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Panelists: Charlaine Harris

Each month the Romancing SFF meetup will bring an expert speaker for thirty minutes of programming followed by opportunities to ask questions and network with the SFWA SFF romance community. In January, we welcome Charlaine Harris, bestselling author of the Gunnie Rose, Sookie Stackhouse, Aurora Teagarden, and so many other great series. Our prepared Q&A will focus on her use of romantic subplots within her stories, but please bring your questions. Questions for Charlaine can also be submitted in advance in the #sff-romance channel on the SFWA Discord.

SFF Romance: Making Tropes Work For You While Avoiding Cliches

May 13, 2023 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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Whether it’s enemies to lovers, love triangles, arranged marriages or shifters, highlighting tropes is a useful tool to help connect the right readers to the right story. As writers, knowing how to break down tropes to their essential pieces and create a unique spin that avoids cliche will bring readers back for more. Join us and find out how to harness tropes in your writing and your marketing, romance or not!

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