is a best-selling American author of gothic and
later religious themed books. Best known for her 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. "To write something,
you have to risk making a fool of yourself."
Rice was born and spent most of her early life in New Orleans, Louisiana,
which forms the background against which most of her stories take place. She
was the second daughter in a Catholic Irish-American family; Rice's sister,
Alice Borchardt, also became a noted genre author. About her unusual given name,
“My birth name is Howard Allen because apparently my mother thought it
was a good idea to name me Howard. My father's name was Howard, she wanted to name me
after Howard, and she thought it was a very interesting thing to do. She was a bit of a
Bohemian, a bit of mad woman, a bit of a genius, and a great deal of a great teacher. And
she had the idea that naming a woman Howard was going to give that woman an unusual advantage
in the world.”
Rice became "Anne" on her first day of school, when a nun asked her what her name
was. She blurted out "Anne" immediately, and her mother, who was with her, let it go without
correcting her, knowing how self-conscious her daughter was of her real name.