Q INTERVIEW: Author Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris discusses her Sookie Stackhouse series which inspired the TV hit True Blood, and why she plans to end it with the 13th novel.
Author Charlaine Harris arrives at the premiere for the fourth season of True Blood on June 21. She said she's 'delighted' with the series. (Matt Sayles/Associated Press)

Charlaine Harris, the author of 11 Sookie Stackhouse novels, says she's ready to walk away from the best-selling series after 13 books.

Harris's books about the telepathic Sookie, a waitress in a small town who knows a vampire when she meets one, are the basis for the HBO series True Blood.

In an interview with CBC's Q cultural affairs show, Harris says she's "delighted" with the TV series, despite the fact that it's far from faithful to the books.

Creator Alan Ball "got the mixture of horror and sex and violence and humour that comprise the books," she said.

Harris, a mother of three based in a small town in Arkansas, said she wrote conventional mysteries, without much success, until she hit on the idea of an underground world of vampires with 2001's Dead Until Dark.

She couldn't find a publisher for that first Sookie Stackhouse novel for two years, but when it came out, it became her most popular book and gave birth to the Southern Vampire Mysteries, the basis for True Blood.

Harris published the 11th novel of the series, Dead Reckoning, earlier this year, but now she's looking at ending the run — after just two more books.

"It will be hard to walk away, but I don't want to continue writing the books if my ideas are drying up," she told Q.