From Anne (Posted 9/14/09):
Seldom a week goes by that I don't receive an email asking me to write
about Lestat again, or asking me why I choose not to write about him. Sometimes the readers ask for a novel of Lestat's redemption. Some time they ask only for his adventures to continue. I can't go back to
Lestat. It's simply an impossibility of which I am acutely aware. It's not even a choice, really. I cannot return honestly to the world in which Lestat was created and in which he exists in the novels. I can't get into that world again. An impossibility more than a choice. Lestat is always and eternally on the verge of redemption, and so he must remain, an existential hero always acutely aware of his own tragic choices. I am happy with him out there, existing, finding new readers, dancing under the lamplight. I am overjoyed that he may soon be smiling on me from the big screen. I cannot be Lestat again. And I know this. To recognize it and accept it, to go on to new themes, to greater challenges, this is my destiny. I am like him in that I want to be strong as he was always strong. And that means I must be strong enough not to try to do what I cannot do.
ANGEL TIME: SONGS OF THE SERAPHIM
In keeping with my commitment to do Christian fiction in a variety of forms, I am developing a new series called Songs of the Seraphim. The first of these metaphysical thrillers, Angel Time, will be coming in October 2009. The second has already been written and the third is underway. I'm hoping for a long life for the series with many adventures for its hero. I continue to work on Christ the Lord, the Kingdom of Heaven, the third book in the Christ the Lord series.
"The Christ the Lord books represent the fullest expression of my present vocation as a writer. I personally feel that Christ the Lord, The Road to Cana, is the best of all the novels that
I have ever been able to write."
FROM ANNE: THERE WILL BE NO CHRISTIAN VAMPIRE NOVEL FROM ME.
In spite of a flood of emails askng for a Christian Lestat novel (a novel in which Lestat is redeemed), andmy own comment about this in the press, I am completely putting aside this project. After prayer, meditation, and much pondering, I do not think such a novel is possible. My present focus has to be on my novels about the life of Jesus Christ and I do not want to revisit the realm of my earlier books. I thank all of you who have written to me on this, both pro and con. You have helped me to think out the question. I can assure you; as things stand now there will be no Christian Lestat novel.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM ANNE ON "FAN FICTION"
Anne has posted the following message regarding fan fiction: "I do not allow fan fiction. The characters are copyrighted. It upsets me terribly to even think about fan fiction with my characters. I advise my readers to write your own original stories with your own characters. It is absolutely essential that you respect my wishes."