New Orleans, Louisiana
Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles
, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice
for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history.
She uses the pseudonym Anne Rampling
for adult-themed fiction (i.e., erotica) and A.N. Roquelaure
for fiction featuring sexually explicit sado-masochism.