Anne Rice        Tad Williams

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One of America's most read and celebrated authors, Anne Rice is known for weaving the visible and supernatural worlds together in epic stories that both entertain and challenge readers. Her books are rich tapestries of history, belief, philosophy, religion, and compelling characters that examine and extend our physical world beyond the limits we perceive.

Anne has written under three names, her own, Anne Rampling, and A. N. Roquelaure. Under her own name, she has published two historical novels, five books in The Vampire Chronicles series, three books on the lives of The Mayfair Witches, and three other novels including her latest work. Under Anne Rampling, she has published two works Exit to Eden, and Belinda. Under A. N. Roquelaure, Anne published the Beauty series.

Anne lives and works in New Orleans with her husband Stan and her son Christopher. Anne's life experiences and intellectual inquisitiveness provide her with constant inspiration for her work. Anne has undertaken a series of business ventures through Kith & Kin.

You may know that Anne is often very outspoken on issues that she feels deeply about. Sometimes, she uses her phone messages to talk about these issues as well as give you the up-to-date scoop on her projects. She has also taken out ads in major newspapers. Anne wrote an open letter to President Clinton that appeared in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and The New York Times and has taken out ads about her displeasure with a new New Orleans restaurant (a hint of Lestat's return?). Anne answers fan questions from the web site in the You Asked, Anne Answered section. She also shares her thoughts in exclusive letters and video messages to her fans on the web site. Anne confesses she did not write the above.

Anne has recently released a video, screen savers, and has several new projects in development, including a television series and a CD-ROM.


Tad Williams - Saját magáról (

Tad Williams has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to - singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer firm. He is cofounder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well as novels. Tad and his wife live in London and the San Francisco Bay Area. They spend their occasional microseconds of leisure time engineering world peace and making sarcastic remarks about their pets.


I've spent lots of my life in Palo Alto, the town that grew up around Stanford University. My parents never had much money-we were not on the wealthy side of town-but we never suffered (except existentially) and were always encouraged, especially in our creativity. (My mother was the main agent of this. She made up odd Pooh-bear-type songs about things we were doing, and improvised great Halloween costumes-she made me a Viking suit one year with a wooden coat hanger for the helmet-horns and a furry bathmat for the vest. Way cool.) I didn't go off to college the way all my friends (and family, for that matter) did. I was more interested in living on my own and supporting myself, so after high school I began the series of pretty hideous jobs that has so tragically shaped my outlook on life. I stacked tiles, made tacos, sold shoes, peddled insurance, collected loans-not all at the same time, of course, but you get the idea-and worked at other things in my free moments. These various projects included several years in a rock band, hosting a radio talk show, making commercial and uncommercial art, acting, and other strange practices. The band was called "Idiot", and I still regret that we fell apart just when we were all finally out of school and might have done something. There was a lot of creativity there, a lot of talent-several of the members are still professionally making music-but most of all, there was no one else like us. We were our own weird animal. We used to pretend to be other bands sometimes-Wheatstraw (a boogie band from Nebraska), Xander Povar and His Soul Commandos, the Bay Cruisers (a Bay City Rollers-type teen idol band)-and would perform appropriately before coming back for the encore as ourselves. We blew things up. We lit things on fire. We wrote songs about bowling and voles and luxury camper vans and the end of the world. We were a little ahead of out time. It was fun. Always in the back of my mind, though, I was determined to do something creative that would actually MAKE ME MONEY so I could stop doing horrible things for a paycheck. Ambition is like Tinkerbell-when you stop believing, it dies. So I kept at my various projects, with writing becoming a larger and larger focus. When I received the letter from DAW that they were going to buy my novel Tailchaser's Song, I was excited and relieved-somehow, the idea that my published books might totally fail to sell never occurred to me that first day, although it was and always is a possibility. I am deliriously grateful every day that I get to do what I want to do for a living. Whenever the pressures of work and life start to make me cranky, I just remind myself of managing the art store next to the freeway (the owner was Basil Fawlty without Basil's good qualities, i.e. wit) or being smacked with a $3.99 sale slipper by an irate Kinney's Shoes customer who refused to believe I didn't know where the other half of the pair was, and I suddenly feel much better about everything.
MUCH better.

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