Charlaine Harris (born November 25, 1951) is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for over twenty years. She was born Tunica, Mississippi, USA. Harris resides in Magnolia, Arkansas with her husband and three children. A former weightlifter and karate student, she is an avid reader and cinemaphile as well as being the senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church.
Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she also wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later. She is mostly known for her mysteries and urban fantasy series. These are:
The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries
The Harper Connelly Mysteries
The Lily Bard Mysteries
The Southern Vampire Mysteries (Made into the True Blood TV series)
Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance.