Anne Rice was born Howard Allen O'Brien on October 4, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her family was very interested in art and took numerous trips to other countries to study it.
On September 21,1966, Anne gave birth do her daughter Michele. Unfortunately, the young girl developed a case of leukemia and died on August 5, 1972 after years of struggling.
In the meantime, she had been working on her first novel, entitled "Interview with the Vampire". The book was about a vampire names Louis, who is torn between his bloodsucking instincts and his love for human life. She was able to find a publisher for it and it was released in 1976 to rave reviews. The book formed the first installment in what would become "The Vampire Chronicles".
She immediately began working on a second novel, which was released in 1985 and focused entirely on the history of a vampire from the first novel named Lestat. The novel was appropriately named "The Vampire Lestat". Upon its release, it was immediately snatched up by her fans and new readers.
In 1988, she released a book called "The Queen of the Damned". The book was about a powerful female vampire attempting to kill all humans and take over the world and the group of vampires resisting her.
In 1992, "The Tale of the Body Thief" was published. This book was particularly interesting because it involved a vampire (Lestat) trading bodies with a mortal, but the mortal refuses to return the vampire's body. The subsequent attempts by Lestat to regain control of his body prove rather interesting.
Over the next decade, she released a barrage of books in the Vampire Chronicles, but none of t hem are as notable as the first four. In between them, she also released books about other subjects, including an Egyptian horror story entitled "The Mummy".
In 1994, a film adaptation was made of "Interview with the Vampire" starring Brad Pitt as Louis and Tom Cruise as Lestat. The film was a massive success and generated significant revenue at the box office. In 2002, a second film was produced as a composite of her books "The Vampire Lestat" and "The Queen of the Damned". This second film was much less of a success, despite the chilling performance of Aaliyah as the queen.
Aside from paranormal fiction novels, Anne Rice has also written several erotic novels. She utilized a pseudonym, "A. N. Roquelaure", but later revealed herself as the author. The books include "The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty" in 1983, "Beauty's Punishment" in 1984, and "Beauty's Release" in 1985.
In 1998, Rice converted back to Catholicism after living her life as an atheist. In October of 2005, she declared that she was finished writing about vampires and was working on a series of books about the life of Jesus Christ. Her first entry in the series, "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" was published later that year.
Anne Rice is also an outspoken speaker for diabetes and encourages all people to get tested. She first became aware that she was afflicted after she entered a diabetic coma in late 1998. This might explain her abrupt conversion to Christianity.