“The house where we lived at the time burned down in the huge fire that swept through the hills in the 80's,” Rice recalls, “but the Bay Area is very much in my heart. I went to a wonderful little school there called Synergy where my teachers were all progressive lesbians who taught us how to respect one another and embrace diversity. These were lessons I held close to my heart when we moved to a more socially conservative neighborhood in New Orleans.
He’ll be in San Francisco Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 7:30pm for a joint book signing with his mother, Anne Rice, at Books Inc. at Opera Plaza.
"I love the Bay Area. San Francisco is a very different place from when I was a boy,” he said. “We lived here pre-dot com bubble and burst and the map of the city was just different. But I think it's one of the most beautiful cities on the planet.”
The Heavens Rise, his first foray into the first horror genre, an engrossing tale of suspense, revenge, and the supernatural, has been critically well received. Asked about working in the genre, the author said:
“The challenge was mastering a supernatural framework that possessed its own coherent logic. I wanted to avoid at all costs that third season of LOST feelings where the extraordinary events felt scattered and the audience had the sense the writers were just pulling it out of their hats as they went. I wrote multiple revisions just to that end.”
Asked what it was like touring with his famous mother, he said:
“I was nervous, but this has been a fantastic success. So many people are coming up and saying that they're fans of my books, or that they're going to start reading me with The Heavens Rise, which is exactly what you want when you try your hand at a new genre. At our very first signing at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, the first person in line skipped over Mom and went right to me. That was a hoot. Of course, that's an anomaly. But for the most part it's been wonderful. We have so much fun at the table together.”