She Wrote About Vampires (and Jesus too): Anne Rice
I had an opportunity to listen to a few podcasts of author interviews late this evening. Some were yawn worthy, but a couple held my interest. I enjoyed Anne Rice’s interview so much, that I decided to do a blog post on it. What do I know about her? Well, I read The Vampire Lestat sometime ago, but had to put it down for some reason–not that I didn’t enjoy what I’d read. I’m also a big fan of the Interview with the Vampire film (what’s up with me and sensitive vampire stories?) and I own the book Feast of All Saints. I guess I’ll get around to actually reading it in the near future.
Here’s a little bit from Barnes & Noble’s Anne Rice interview:
“My first job was as a cafeteria waitress at a Walgreen’s cafeteria over the drugstore on Canal and Baronne Street in New Orleans when I was sixteen years old. What a plunge into reality. Canal Street was then the only downtown in town. And I was in fact a boarding school student and unbeknownst to the principal, Sr. Felix, took this job on weekends. When she found out, she did not approve of a St. Joseph’s Academy girl being a waitress. I was undeterred. I had discovered that I could turn time into money. I never forgot that lesson. The crashing boredom of childhood was over!”
“I was employed from then on a shocking variety of low level jobs, including grill cook at a huge downtown cafeteria in San Francisco. I had to be there at 5:00 a.m., and once while I was en route on a bus, a drunken man fell asleep against me. The conductor had to wake him up for me to get off, poor guy. I think he’d staggered out of an after hours club. I was a crack waitress, a receptionist, a claims examiner, a theatre usherette in a big Cinerama house, and must have seen It’s Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World over one hundred times while standing there with a flashlight. My last job in the straight world — after motherhood — was that of proofreader for a law book company. I hated it. Then my devoted husband Stan, who was already teaching and had been for some time, said, ‘Stay home and write, I believe in you.’ And I wrote Interview with the Vampire.”
“I was a painfully slow reader. Never really read a novel for pure pleasure until I was 35. It was Ordinary People by Judith Guest. Thought it very good.” (Read more of “Meet the Writer” at B&N. . . )
I wanted to add a YouTube clip of Rice, but as she chatted on about Jesus, someone walked up on me and asked if I’d found religion. I explained to this individual that Rice use to write vampire stories until she scared herself back to church. That’s my interpretation anyway.
Happy reading, ya’ll.