Anne Rice is an American author of romantic gothic fiction. You may know her work from the popular series of Vampire Chronicles like Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned. Anne Rice was born October 4th 1941. Anne Rice’s books have sold close to 100 Million copies.
Here are some interesting facts that you may not have known about Anne Rice: Her name isn’t originally Anne Rice. Her name at Birth was Howard Allen Frances O’Brien. This is what Anne Rice had to say about her name – “Well, my birth name is Howard Allen because apparently my mother thought it was a good idea to name me Howard. My father’s name was Howard, she wanted to name me after Howard, and she thought it was a very interesting thing to do. She was a bit of a Bohemian, a bit of mad woman, a bit of a genius, and a great deal of a great teacher. And she had the idea that naming a woman Howard was going to give that woman an unusual advantage in the world.”
Anne Rice changed her name to Anne on the first day of school because she didn’t want to be teased and she thought Anne was a nice name.
Something else that a lot of people don’t know is that Anne Rice had a daughter named Michele that died of leukemia at a very young age. A theory by many readers is that the character Claudia in these books is actually based on her own daughter. Not long after she decided to start writing full time.
Anne Rice was married to Stan Rice who passed away from brain cancer in 2002. They were happily married for 41 years. Christopher Rice her son is also a well known writer.
Interview with a Vampire was written in 5 weeks. Anne Rice likes to describe her ‘alter ego’ as Lestat from the Vampire Chronicles.
Some writing by Anne that you should check out:
The Vampire Chronicles
Interview with the Vampire The Vampire Lestat The Queen of the Damned
The Tale of the Body Thief Memnoch the Devil The Vampire Armand Merrick
Blood and Gold Blackwood Farm Blood Canticle
Lives of the Mayfair Witches
The Witching Hour Lasher Taltos
Songs of Seraphim
Angel Time Of Love and Evil
Christ the Lord
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt Christ the Lord:The Road to Cana
New Tales of the Vampires
Pandora Vittorio the Vampire
The Wolf Gift Chronicles
The Wolf Gift The Wolves of Midwinter
Violin Servant of the Bones Cry to Heaven The Feast of All Saints
The mummy, or Ramses the Damned
A. N. Roquelaure
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty Beauty’s Punishment Beauty’s Release
Belinda Exit to Eden