Anne Rice ‘Queen of the Damned”

This week on Now I’ve Heard Everything, I’m bringing out interviews I’ve done over the years with authors whose books became major motion pictures. Monday we heard from Michael Crichton, author of “Jurassic Park.” Yesterday, Fannie Flagg, who wrote “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe.”

Today, an interview I did in 1988: author Anne Rice talks with me about her book “Queen of the Damned,” the third installment in the trilogy that included “Interview With The Vampire” and “The Vampire Lestat.”

A native of New Orleans, Rice wrote “Interview with the Vampire” in 1973. I suspect that by the time I interviewed her fifteen years later, for “Queen of the Damned,” that she had already been asked all the usual questions — but she was very gracious when I asked the same ones:

The movie, “Queen of the Damned,” was released in 2002, starring Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend.

This fall, Anne Rice will be 78. She still lives in Louisiana.

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