If you try to envision the family tree of mother-and-son bestsellers Anne and Christopher Rice, it might seem fitting to picture, say, a live oak—one of those great, gorgeous Southern behemoths they both grew up under in New Orleans, the same moss-draped giants that occasionally populate their novels.
But if you were to envision their lives as writers, they might seem to have come from different seeds entirely. Consider:
Anne’s initial subject matter: Vampires. Erotica. Christopher’s: Crime. Gritty mystery.
Her writing style: Elaborate, ornate, philosophical. His: Stark, unembellished, masculine.
Her first book: the iconic Interview with the Vampire, published when she ...