You could start a holy war by attempting to proclaim any one author the "queen" of vampire fiction. Yet whether they like their vampires cute and sparkly, suave and French or with a genteel Southern drawl, few fans of fangdom would contest that Charlaine Harris is on the shortlist of heiresses to the throne.
Harris is author of the hugely successful "Sookie Stackhouse" novels, the most recent of which, "Dead Reckoning," made its debut at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. The series is also the inspiration for the Emmy-winning HBO series "True Blood."