anywhere in the world without a copy of a Jack Reacher
novel in my purse.
CC: Do you have a favorite
genre within which you like
AR: I think I’d go with the
metaphysical thriller, the big
book with a monster hero that
explores the meaning of life
as well as provides a bangup supernatural tale. I love to
work with characters that are
larger than life, exceptional
people, potential heroes,
potential tragic figures.
CC: What appeals to you
about that and not the everyman?
AR: It’s what I find intense to write about. I
mean, in discovering my vampire characters,
I discovered that Lestat was larger than life,
stronger than most people, very much a survivor. Daring, willing to blunder, but almost
always reaching for life, reaching for pleasure,
reaching for survival.
And that’s what fascinates me. I can
understand if, for other writers, a different
combination of things works out really, really
well. I think a lot of the vampire writers today
are more interested in domesticating the
vampire … revealing what he has in common
with the guy next door.
I’ve never been interested in that. What
I love is the mythic potential in the vampire,
that this is an immortal who can really do all
kinds of things—make all kinds of choices, go
anywhere he wants in the world, survive time.
CC: Is there anything more you’d like to say
about Prince Lestat?
AR: I can’t say: The book’s embargoed. I’m
excited about it, and I’m excited about continuing with Lestat. I think in retrospect the
wait was worth it. I hope my best books are
ahead of me.
I also think it’s a great time to be writing. All of my life I’ve been hearing that the
book business is about to be destroyed, that
the hardcover book is no more. I’ve heard
the predictions over and over again, and I’ve
seen the predictions completely defeated by
I mean, when I was publishing in 1976,
people were saying, “The hardcover is just
too expensive, nobody wants to buy it.”
Well, now they’re saying it’s gonna die
again, but it’s not gonna die. That’s not gonna
happen. If anything, people are reading more
than ever before, and pretty soon it’ll be
standard for people, when they really love an
e-book, to hit the button to order the hard-
cover for their shelf when they’re finished. C
e-book, to hit the button to order the hard-
The Costco Connection: In interviews
in 2004 and again in 2010 you said you weren’t
going to return to vampires. What led you
back to Lestat?
Anne Rice: It’s a complicated thing. I
haven’t found an easy way or a neat way to
answer that question. Obviously, I needed
some time. But I think the main thing was
that I lost my husband in 2002. And grief
just takes time. It’s like a river, and there’s no
stopping it, and Lestat was very intimately
connected in my mind with my husband,
more than perhaps I wanted to admit.
For a long time too, I was focusing
on getting a new Lestat movie launched.
I thought Lestat would have a new life in
television and movie, and things didn’t really
work out right away with that. And I remem-
ber getting very angry and saying, “I’m going
to take him back and forget about this movie/
TV thing, and I’m gonna give him more con-
tinued life in books.”
I think that frustration was a really good
thing. Because I thought, “OK, let me see if
I can get Lestat to wake up and talk to me
again.” So I started reading all of the Chronicles
again from the beginning, and right away my
mind was just teeming with ideas. The world
had changed in so many ways.
Also, I associated Lestat a lot with darkness and depression in me. His books were
filled with tragedy and depression.
I became somewhat of a happier person
several years ago. But then I thought, “OK,
what if he becomes a happier person? What
if he shakes off the depression? What if he
comes back screaming and yelling into the
21st century with a whole lot to say?”
CC: Do you plan on more Lestat novels?
AR: I’m already into the second novel. The
second book is just exploding in my head. I
hope it’ll be done pretty soon actually.
CC: Do you still love to write?
AR: I totally love it. It’s the greatest high in
the world; I can’t imagine not doing it.
CC: Which authors do you like to read?
AR: I’m a fan of Scott Turow. I reviewed
his first novel, Presumed Innocent, for The
New York Times in 1987 when it first came
out. I’m a big fan of Douglas Preston and
Lincoln Child. And I also love Lee Child’s
Jack Reacher novels. I don’t go into an airport
Queen of the
The Costco Connection
Prince Lestat (Item #937841) will be available
October 28. Revival (Item #937840) will be
released November 11. Warehouses will
also carry an assortment of trade paperback
titles by these authors.