Anne and Christopher Rice Talk “Ramses The Damned: The Passion Of Cleopatra” (Interview)

 

Best selling authors (and mother and son) Anne Christopher Rice collaborated on a new novel "Ramses The Damned: The Passion Of Cleopatra". They joined Candace Rose Anderson for an interview to discuss the novel which is a sequel to Anne's best selling novel "The Mummy or Ramses The Damned." candieanderson.com
Best selling authors Anne and Christopher Rice collaborated on a new novel “Ramses The Damned: The Passion Of Cleopatra”. They joined Candace Rose Anderson for an interview to discuss the novel which is a sequel to Anne’s best selling novel “The Mummy or Ramses The Damned.”

 

Best-selling author Anne Rice wrote the novel “The Mummy or Ramses The Damned” in 1989. The book has been beloved by millions around the world for over 28 years. Readers have been wondering if there would ever be a sequel to the novel which ended with a cliffhanger. Much to the surprise (and delight) of her readers, Anne and her son, best selling author Christopher Rice collaborated on the sequel “Ramses The Damned: The Passion Of Cleopatra” which was released on November 21, 2017!

Anne and Christopher Rice were kind enough of to join me for an interview recently to discuss their new novel “Ramses The Damned: The Passion Of Cleopatra.” They dished on how and when they decided they were going to write the sequel to “The Mummy or Ramses The Damned” together and what that process was liked. They also shared how you can get a signed copy of their new book which has gotten rave reviews. Please watch the video below to see the interview in its entirety! I’ve transcribed it for you as well.

 

Candace Rose Anderson interviews authors Anne Rice and Christopher Rice on their new novel “Ramses The Damned: The Passion Of Cleopatra”

 

YouTube video: Watch Candace Rose Anderson interview authors Anne and Christopher Rice on their new novel “Ramses The Damned: The Passion Of Cleopatra.”

Candace Rose Anderson: Can you tell us about your new book “Ramses The Damned: The Passion Of Cleopatra”?

Anne Rice: “I think it would best be described as a great thrilling adventurous supernatural love story.”

Christopher Rice: “I think that’s a good description. In 1989, mom published a book ‘The Mummy or Ramses The Damned.’ It was incredibly popular, and I think the only reason (and she’ll correct me if I’m wrong here) that there wasn’t a sequel immediately since the book ends with a cliffhanger is because her next book was ‘The Queen of the Damned.’ It was her first number one best seller and it put the Vampire Lestat really on the literary map, and nobody in publishing wanted to talk about poor Ramses. They wanted to talk about Lestat.

It’s taken 30 years to sort of get the time and the headspace to do the sequel. But the sequel has been very much in demand. I was present (for my entire life) at book events where people were coming up to the signing tables and asking ‘When is Ramses coming back?”

When she invited me to collaborate with her on this, I was really thrilled by the opportunity. I think that our goal was, even though it was a collaboration, to produce a worthy successor to the original, that was a seamless reading experience. We didn’t want people to pick it up and say ‘Anne wrote that chapter, and Anne wrote this chapter.”

 

Candace Rose Anderson: How and when did you decide that you wanted to write this book together?

Anne Rice: “It was just a few years ago. I don’t know exactly what year it was but I really wanted to do the sequel, and I didn’t know where to start. I thought maybe Christopher would really like to collaborate on this. We had worked together on a screenplay for Universal Studios based on the Vampires. Chris wrote it but I functioned as a producer. I thought maybe we could really do this novel together and he’d bring some fresh perspective here and he did. It was a couple of years. It takes a while for New York to publish a book.”

Candace Rose Anderson: What was the process like?

Christopher Rice: Every collaboration is different and I think the collaborators have to decide what’s going to work best for them. What we decided worked best for us was we’d have intensive creative meetings to outline the base of the plot. Then I would go off and write a complete draft, and then I’d bring that draft back to mom and she would really pull it apart. Then we would talk about what was working and what wasn’t working, and what most importantly needed to be in there for the tone and the atmosphere and the mood to be consistent with the previous book in the series.

I think that demonstrated a lot of faith on her part to let me go off and write those drafts on my own. But those creative meetings we had were pivotal and they were very intensive. I have writer friends that will write each page of the book together and I don’t know how they do that?

They use a Google document which is like cloud computing. One friend will see the other friend going and starting to change what they’ve written. I don’t think either one of us could stomach that.”

 

Candace Rose Anderson: That sounds incredibly difficult!

Christopher Rice: “Writing is an obsessive compulsive trait. I think you either have it or you don’t. I’m not talking about talent or gift or all those things which can be incredibly subjective. What I mean is you either have the obsessive drive to put your daydreams and fantasies down on paper or you don’t.”

Anne Rice: “That’s true.”

Christopher Rice: “I think things that seem difficult to other people, to us are just ventilation to our souls.”

Candace Rose Anderson: Do you think you’ll collaborate on another novel?

Anne Rice: “Yes, we will.”

Christopher Rice: “Oh, I’m sure. Absolutely.”

 

Candace Rose Anderson: “As you mentioned, fans have been waiting 28 years for a sequel to The Mummy. They must be so excited. What are you hearing from readers?

Anne Rice: “So far it’s gone very, very well. There will always be somebody out there who really hates it, and we’ve seen a couple of those very negative reviews. But by and large it’s been very, very positive. We’ve had a wonderful response.”

Christopher Rice: “Absolutely. I think the response that’s been most important to me is they can’t tell who wrote what.”

Anne Rice: “That’s great.”

Christopher Rice: “Our major goal was to create this seamless reading experience. The people who have tried to guess the authorship of individual chapters have been totally wrong which has been fun to see.”

 

Candace Rose Anderson: Do you have any additional information that you would like to share with your fans and your readers?

Christopher Rice: “Absolutely. Anyone who wants a signed copy of “Ramses The Damned: The Passion Of Cleopatra” can order one over the internet from a wonderful bookstore in Arizona called Changing Hands. Their website is ChangingHands.com. Go there and just put in the keyword ‘Rice.’ We’re taking orders for personalizations. We’ll sign your book to you when we’re in the store next week. This offer is going to be good up through December 5th, and then we’ll have our in-store event there on December 6th.

They ship pretty much anywhere in the world. It’s a wonderful store and it’s a great offer.”

Candace Rose Anderson: “That sounds like a great holiday gift!”

 

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION on LEGENDARY AUTHOR of 36 NOVELS

ANNE RICE:

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Anne Rice holds a Master of Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Despite having spent more of her life in California than in Louisiana, Anne considers New Orleans her true home and the city provides the backdrop for many of her famous novels. The French Quarter provided the setting for her first novel “Interview with the Vampire”, and her ante-bellum house in the Garden District was the fictional home of her imaginary Mayfair Witches (“Lives of the Mayfair Witches”). The author of 36 novels, Anne’s first novel “Interview with the Vampire” was published in 1976 and has become one of the best-selling novels of all time. She continued her saga of the Vampire Lestat in a series of books, collectively known as “The Vampire Chronicles” which have had both great mainstream and cult followings. “Interview with the Vampire” was made into a motion picture directed by Neil Jordan and starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, and Antonio Banderas. Anne’s novel “Feast of All Saints” about the free people of color of ante-bellum New Orleans became a Showtime miniseries, and the script for the miniseries by John Wilder was a faithful adaptation of the novel.

Among the 36 novels that Anne has penned are “The Mummy”, “The Wolf Gift”, “The Wolves of Midwinter”, “The Vampire Lestat”, “The Queen of the Damned”, “The Tale of the Body Thief’, ‘Memnoch the Devil”, “The Vampire Armand”, “Merrick”, “Blood and Gold”, “Blackwood Farm”, “Blood Canticle”, ‘Prince Lestat”, “Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis’, “Pandora”, “Vittori the Vampire”, “The Witching Hour”, “Lasher”, “Taltos”, ‘Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt”, “Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana”, “Angel Time”, “Of Love and Evil”, “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty”, “Beauty’s Punishment”, “Beauty’s Release”, “Beauty’s Kingdom”, “The Feast of All Saints”, “Servant of the Bones”, “Violin”, “Exit to Eden”, “Cry to Heaven”, “Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession”, “The Master of Rampling Gate”, and “Belinda”.

Anne currently lives in Palm Desert, California. To learn much more about Anne Rice, please visit her official website www.annerice.com.

 

LEGENDARY AUTHOR of 36 NOVELS ANNE RICE Biography:

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Anne Rice holds a Master of Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Despite having spent more of her life in California than in Louisiana, Anne considers New Orleans her true home and the city provides the backdrop for many of her famous novels. The French Quarter provided the setting for her first novel “Interview with the Vampire”, and her ante-bellum house in the Garden District was the fictional home of her imaginary Mayfair Witches (“Lives of the Mayfair Witches”). The author of 36 novels, Anne’s first novel “Interview with the Vampire” was published in 1976 and has become one of the best-selling novels of all time. She continued her saga of the Vampire Lestat in a series of books, collectively known as “The Vampire Chronicles” which have had both great mainstream and cult followings. “Interview with the Vampire” was made into a motion picture directed by Neil Jordan and starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, and Antonio Banderas. Anne’s novel “Feast of All Saints” about the free people of color of ante-bellum New Orleans became a Showtime miniseries, and the script for the miniseries by John Wilder was a faithful adaptation of the novel.

Among the 36 novels that Anne has penned are “The Mummy”, “The Wolf Gift”, “The Wolves of Midwinter”, “The Vampire Lestat”, “The Queen of the Damned”, “The Tale of the Body Thief’, ‘Memnoch the Devil”, “The Vampire Armand”, “Merrick”, “Blood and Gold”, “Blackwood Farm”, “Blood Canticle”, ‘Prince Lestat”, “Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis’, “Pandora”, “Vittori the Vampire”, “The Witching Hour”, “Lasher”, “Taltos”, ‘Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt”, “Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana”, “Angel Time”, “Of Love and Evil”, “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty”, “Beauty’s Punishment”, “Beauty’s Release”, “Beauty’s Kingdom”, “The Feast of All Saints”, “Servant of the Bones”, “Violin”, “Exit to Eden”, “Cry to Heaven”, “Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession”, “The Master of Rampling Gate”, and “Belinda”.

Anne currently lives in Palm Desert, California. To learn much more about Anne Rice, please visit her official website www.annerice.com.

 

 

CHRISTOPHER RICE Biography:

By the young age of 30, Christopher Rice had published four “New York Times” bestselling thrillers, received a Lambda Literary Award, and been declared one of “People Magazine’s” Sexiest Men Alive. His two novels of dark supernatural suspense, “The Heavens Rise” and “The Vines”, were both finalists for the Bram Stoker Award. In addition to entering the erotic romance genre with his three novels in the series “The Desire Exchange”: “The Flame”, “The Surrender Gate”, and “Kiss the Flame”, Christopher’s debut novel “A Density of Souls” was published when the author was only 22 years old. A controversial and overnight bestseller, “A Density of Souls” was greeted with a landslide of media attention, much of it devoted to the fact that Christopher is the son of famed vampire chronicler, Anne Rice. Together with his best friend, “New York Times” bestselling novelist Eric Shaw Quinn, Christopher launched his own Internet radio show “The Dinner Party Show with Christopher Rice & Eric Shaw Quinn”. Every episode of the show can be downloaded or streamed at www.TheDinnerPartyShow.com or iTunes.

Among the other books Christopher has written are “Dance with Desire”, “Desire & Ice’, “The Snow Garden”, “Light Before Day”, “Blind Fall”, “The Moonlit Earth”, “MatchUp”, “nEvermore!”, “Thriller”, and “Los Angeles Noir”.

Christopher currently resides in West Hollywood, California. To learn much more about Christopher Rice, please visit his official website www.christopherricebooks.com.

 

 

 

Sponsored by Penguin Random House Publishing. Candace was not compensated by the sponsor for this interview.

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