WGNO Exclusive: Anne Rice talks about Lestat & her love of New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Prolific author Anne Rice says being in New Orleans is always inspiring.

She’s enjoying a very meaningful visit to her hometown, with stops at The Garden District Book Shop and Generations Hall, where she second-lined into a ballroom filled with fans decked out in incredible costumes, inspired by characters in her books.

The 27th annual Vampire Ball at Generations Hall put Rice in the midst of her fan club. She says it may be her last ball appearance for a few years. She plans to return to her California home and focus on writing.

But right now, she’s enjoying soaking up the flair of New Orleans.

In an exclusive interview with WGNO’s Stephanie Oswald, she shares her top three recommendations for a visit to New Orleans:

  • First, ride a streetcar. She says there’s nothing like it to capture the rhythm of the city.
  • Second, wander the unique cemeteries. They are filled with beauty, poetry and history.
  • Third, the French Quarter is calling, with its lively artist scene, and a spirit that’s only found in New Orleans. Anne says one day she’d like to have a place in the French Quarter.

She also says there are more vampire movies in the works, so stay tuned!

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