Gothic writer Anne Rice is best known for her Vampire Chronicles, which includes Interview with the Vampire, later adapted into an award-winning film directed by Neil Jordan.
Rice's latest series, The Wolf Gift Chronicles, also deals with the supernatural. Aside from repopularizing the gothic fiction genre, her books often feature gay or gender-ambiguous characters. "I love to play with transcending gender, and I love to play with the idea that strong and powerful characters don't care about gender," Rice says. "That love transcends gender completely, and I don't even have to think about it when I start writing a book; it is just going to happen."
For Xtra's full interview with Rice, see the above video.