Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town.
There's a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There's a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there's new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he's found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).
Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth...
Midnight Crossroad is published on May 8th in the UK - yes, that's TOMORROW - in both hardcover and eBook formats. To celebrate a new book from the lady responsible for True Blood, publishers Gollancz have put together an exciting blog tour, giving a handful of bloggers the opportunity to ask Charlaine a few questions. You can see my Q+A below, along with a rather cool blog tour banner that will tell you all the other stops.
Welcome to Midnight! Enjoy your stay...
Quick Q+A with Charlaine Harris
Wondrous Reads: What was your inspiration for Midnight Crossroad?
Charlaine Harris: I really started with the crossroad, because it’s packed with magic and mystery, and then the pawnshop which is the key building in the town. Gradually, the structures and people began to fill in. It all came together.
WR: Living in Texas yourself, have you based Midnight on any real life locations?
CH: Yes, my mother’s birthplace, Rocksprings, Texas. I spent time there every summer. Rocky, remote, and a completely different culture than my own birthplace in Mississippi. My grandparents ran the hotel in Rocksprings, and we’d go every summer to help them out. Well, my mom helped. I’m sure I was in the way.
WR: After writing such a long, successful series like the Sookie series, is it at all daunting to start a whole new venture?
CH: Daunting, but refreshing! I love to stretch creatively, and this was a huge stretch. I wondered often why I’d bitten off such a huge chunk of challenge.