“I love words. I love to sing them and speak them and . . . I have fallen into the joy of writing them.” –Anne Rice
Born in New Orleans on this date in 1941, Rice is perhaps best known for her series of novels, The Vampire Chronicles, all best-sellers and the basis for two popular movies, led by Interview with the Vampire, which began her professional writing career in 1976. Rice's books have sold nearly 100 million copies, placing her among the most popular authors in recent American history.
In addition to her vampire novels, Rice has authored books such as The Feast of All Saints (recently adapted for television) and Servant of the Bones, which formed the basis for a comic book miniseries.
Rice is a big fan of English author Charles Dickens, who she says is not only underrated but under-read, and she encourages other writers and her fans to read Dickens’ whenever they get the chance.
A frequent speaker she encourages new writers to use whatever technique, style or "encouragement" that they can; whatever sparks their writing skills.
“Obsession led me to write,” she said about her own discovery. “It's been that way with every book I've ever written. I become completely consumed by a theme, by characters, by a desire to meet a challenge.”
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