A Night with Laurell K Hamilton and Hit List (@LKHamilton)

Posted June 9, 2011 by Felicia S in Book Talk / 10 Comments


Last night, the brilliant Laurell K Hamilton did a book tour stop in Dallas and fun was had by all!

First though a little bit about the latest book in her Anita Blake series: A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect “monsters” are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, US Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.

But some monsters are very real. The Harlequin have been the bogeymen of the vampire world for more than a thousand years; they are a secret so dark that even to speak their name can earn you a death sentence. Now they are here in America, hunting weretigers…and human police.

The Harlequin serve the Mother of All Darkness, the first vampire. She was supposed to be dead, but only her body was destroyed. Now she needs a new one, and she’s decided that Anita Blake’s is the body she wants. Edward thinks the serial killings are a trap to lure Anita closer to the most dangerous vampire they’ve ever hunted. The vampires call Edward “Death,” and Anita the “Executioner,” but Mommy Darkest is coming to kill one and possess the other, and she doesn’t care how many others have to die along the way.

This will probably rank as one of the most fun and enlightening writer’s speaking engagements I have been too.  It isn’t often that I have my blackberry out looking up terms that the audience is asking questions about.  In fact, lets spend a moment on Laurell’s fans and what an eclectic group of people they truly are.  I met a lot of people last night from all different lifestyles, backgrounds, and levels of Anita fandom.  Everyone was really nice, funny, and so very happy to be there.

I really enjoyed the format for the event, it was complete Q&A.  The questions ranged from the books to Laurell’s life.  I had to laugh when she was more willing to answer questions about her life than spoilers coming up in the books 🙂  Laurell was incredibly open with her fans talking about process, the “hollywood” end of the business, and how there is no end in sight for Anita.  In fact, she said to please note that since there appears to be a rumor every book about how it is the last one.  She is incredibly dedicated to her work and  life that you can see the happiness that each brings her when she was answering the questions thrown to her by the audience.  How great is that to have such positive, happy energy after writing as many books as she has?  I think a little of that can rub off on all of us and we would be better for it!

I didn’t take notes last night because I was too busy laughing, looking things up, and giggling with my friends! I would like to thank the ladies at Fresh Fiction for hosting this wonderful event.  It truly was a very memorable evening.

More Photos: She is an animated speaker and I loved that!  The last picture will forever be the “ole” picture in my mind!


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10 responses to “A Night with Laurell K Hamilton and Hit List (@LKHamilton)

  1. Tanya1224

    Thanks so much for sharing! I really wanted to go to that but my husband was called away and I had my son. I was so upset…so thank you very much for sharing the experience =)Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. Tanya1224

    Thanks so much for sharing! I really wanted to go to that but my husband was called away and I had my son. I was so upset…so thank you very much for sharing the experience =)Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Missie

    Oh Wow! What fun! I would have loved to be there, especially because I really appreciate it when an author is so engaging with the audience/fans. No one that cool ever comes down South. 🙁

  4. jackie b central tex

    I am so jealous, wanted to go to this one prior to the Boas and Tiaras and my sweetie could not swing the time off to take us and then stay through till the 13th…I hope some day the lady comes to Austin for a book conference event of some kind but doubt it!Thanks for sharing the fun with us stay at homes that missed it Felicia, see you Saturday!

  5. Melissa (Books and T

    How fun. *sigh* I'm totally jelly. You meet so many authors. At least I can have fun through your posts! 🙂

  6. Amanda

    I had a blast last night. Loved that she answered any question anyone asked other than who would play Anita in a movie but she did explain why. 🙂

  7. KB/KT Grant

    Did LKH take any questions? I'm still dying to know what she was thinking when she gave Anita the aurdeur (?) and totally changed the way her series started.

  8. Jenny

    SO COOL! I need to move to Dallas. You guys get so many amazing author events! I would have loved to have gone to this one, thanks so much for sharing Felicia!