Written by Ella Thomson on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Thirteen books and a hit HBO TV series (True Blood) after creating the Sookie Stackhouse character, author Charlaine Harris has explained to the show “Good Morning” why she is putting the character to bed.

“I’d been writing Sookie for so many years, I wrote the first one maybe fifteen years ago, and I just felt like it was time for a change,” she explains.

“I felt that the heart was going out of my effort to write the series and I don’t want to give a book that’s less than heartfelt.”

With the books and television show still doing gangbusters, perhaps it’s always best to go out on top. Harris looks on the whole experience very fondly.

“This is about as good as it gets for a writer.”

However, she does admit that she didn’t originally think Anna Paquin was quite how she envisioned the character.

“I had the character alive in my head and no actress could match that really,” she admits. “However she really has done so wonderfully in the role. I can’t imagine anyone else now.”

Now that the final book has already been written, Charlaine is now moving onto other projects to keep her busy.

“I’m writing a graphic novel in three parts with Christopher Golden. That”s quite a challenge, I’ve never done that before.”

The Sookie Stackhouse will conclude with Dead Ever After, which is set to be released on May 7th, 2013.

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