BLUEWATER BRINGS TO LIFE THE STORY OF SOOKIE STACKHOUSE AND "TRUE BLOOD" CREATOR

Female Force: Charlaine Harris (Creator of the hit series "True Blood")
Female Force: Charlaine Harris
Creator of the HBO hit
series "True Blood"

It's the rare author who achieves superstar status. Stephen King, Anne Rice, Tom Clancy, John Grisham and J.K. Rowling may be household names. But for every one of them, there are hundreds of struggling writers who watch as their masterpieces never make it anywhere near the New York Times' bestseller list.

For most of the more than 20 years that Charlaine Harris has spent writing mysteries, she fit squarely into that later category. She had her fans, but she was nowhere near a household name. Then she created a character called Sookie Stackhouse, and everything changed.

Sookie Stackhouse is now the featured character on HBO's hit southern gothic vampire series True Blood. And Harris, who will release her 10th Sookie Stackhouse book this summer, is finally one of those household names.

This May, Harris will also star in her first comic book, as the subject of Bluewater Productions' latest entry in its popular Female Force line of biographical comics. Harris herself participated in Female Force: Charlaine Harris, granting extensive interviews to writer Kim Sherman. This marks an important first for Bluewater: Harris is the first celebrity to be interviewed for the Female Force series.

"Gathering first-hand information and feeling the strength that Harris exudes, both personally and professionally, immensely contributes to the originality and authenticity of this Female Force book," said writer Sherman.

Nathaniel Ooten provided the interior art for Female Force: Charlaine Harris, while artist Patricio Carbajal provided the cover.

Female Force: Charlaine Harris will trace the writer's career from the publication of the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden mysteries to the phenomenon of her vampire-infused Sookie Stackhouse stories.

This book is an especially appropriate one for Sherman. Earlier, Sherman wrote Bluewater's Fame: Robert Pattinson, profiling the actor who stars as the vampire with a conscience in the hit Twilight movies. In profiling Harris, Sherman is again exploring the world of literary vampires.

For Bluewater president Darren G. Davis, the Harris biography provides another chance to introduce new readers to the world of comic books.

"With our Female Force, Fame and Political Power biography comics, we've introduced countless new readers to the joy of sequential storytelling," Davis said. "These comics have proven to be exceptionally popular. We expect Charlaine Harris' story to attract even new readers to the graphic format."

Female Force: Charlaine Harris will retail for $3.99, and will include 32 pages.

"Charlaine Harris is an inspiration to young writers everywhere," Davis added. "Harris never quit on her dreams to become a published writer. And she kept writing until she reached the explosive success that her Sookie Stackhouse books now enjoy. I'm thrilled to present this talented writer's story to the fans who only know Stackhouse from True Blood."