Author of Interview with the Vampire
**For those of you that have seen the movies Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned, Interview stays pretty true to the book while Queen of the Damned is very different from the book.
“None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.”
“We're frightened of what makes us different.”
"The vampires have always been metaphors for me. They've always been vehicles through which I can express things I have felt very, very deeply."
"I feel like an outsider, and I always will feel like one. I've always felt that I wasn't a member of any particular group."
"The whole theme of Interview with the Vampire was Louis's quest for meaning in a godless world. He searched to find the oldest existing immortal simply to ask, What is the meaning of what we are?"
"First-person narrators is the way I know how to write a book with the greatest power and chance of artistic success."
"I'm going to keep on dealing with the supernatural in a lot of ways."
"Stephen King in many respects is a wonderful writer. He has made a contribution. People in the future will be able to pick up Stephen King's books and learn a lot about who we were by reading those books."
"My own funeral, I'd like to be laid out in a coffin in my own house. I would like my coffin to be put in the double parlor, and I would like all the flowers to be white."
"I'm usually working on my own mythology, my own realm of created characters. Stories in mythology inspire me, though I may not be conscious of it."
"I want to love all the children of God - Christian, Jew, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist - everyone. I want to love gay Christians and straight Christians."
"I claim Dickens as a mentor. He's my teacher. He's one of my driving forces."
"I was obsessed with religious questions, the basics: Why are we here? Why is the world so beautiful?"
"I'm fascinated by almost any mythology that I can get my hands on."
"When I write something, every word of it is meant. I can't say it enough."
"The vampire is an outsider. He’s the perfect metaphor for those things. He’s someone who looks human and sounds human, but is not human, so he’s always on the margins."
ANNE RICE, interview, The Daily Beast, Nov. 23, 2011