10 Questions: Charlaine Harris

10 Questions: Charlaine Harris

1. Sum up your book in three words.
Texas supernatural mystery.

2. Where did the initial idea come from?
I started thinking about pawnshops, and imagining a pawnshop that was full of strange and mysterious objects, as well as the usual mundane stuff. And it seemed to me it would be fun to revisit some old friends.

3. How was the title chosen?
Aargh! That's a story. It was Midnight Pawn for two years, but my UK publisher thought that when I said the words it sounded like "Midnight Porn" to English ears! So I had to change the title. It's been hard to relearn it.

4. What's your writing routine?
I got to work in the morning about 8.30 or so, take care of tasks like interviews and other business emails and then start work. Generally, I try to write six to eight original pages a day in addition to editing what I wrote the day before. Some days that works out, some days it doesn't. I usually quit work by four o'clock, and read or do household stuff after that.

5. Which book do you wish you'd written?
Jurassic Park hands down. I love dinosaurs, and the presence of dinosaurs in the modern world just struck my fancy. But I don't have the mind to write all the scientific background Michael Crichton employed to make the dinosaurs credible.

6.    What's your favourite word in the English language?
Adjacent.

7.    Who's your favourite fictional character?
Ooooh. That's a difficult question. There are so many I enjoy so much. Okay, I'm going to say Naomi Novik's Temeraire. But ask me tomorrow and I might tell you something different.

8.    What was your favourite book as a child
Jane Eyre.

9.    What book are you recommending to everyone at the moment?
Last year it was The Rook by Daniel O'Malley and Written in Red by Anne Bishop. This year it's The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. It's a GREAT book.

10. What do books and reading mean to you?
Books just about saved my life. They’ve been my best friends and constant companions through some very bad times, and being a reader has helped me succeed in situations where I might have failed. I have a huge fund of information I’ve acquired through reading for entertainment! And I’ve been places in books I’m fairly sure I’ll never go in real life.

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris is out on 8th May from Gollancz.