Anne Rice on return to New Orleans: 'I need to be with my characters' |

Anne Rice, the New Orleans-born master of macabre fiction, is ready to return to New Orleans after a seven-year absence that began just before Hurricane Katrina. Rice, who lives in Palm Desert, Calif., is looking for a small place in the French Quarter to allow her to regularly visit the Crescent City. Despite having lived at several New Orleans addresses, Rice has never had a home in the Vieux Carre.

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