The best-selling American author Anne Rice became famous and wealthy after publishing her novel Interview with the Vampire in 1976.
It led her to over 25 years of variations on the vampire theme. Then a passionate re-conversion to her Catholic faith in her 50s changed everything - out went the vampires and in came fictionalised biographies of Christ and her most recent novel, Angel Time, featuring a guardian angel who comes to save the soul of a hitman.
But Anne Rice sees a thread through her work rather than a radical departure - the vampires who agonise about the source of their own evil are tormented souls cut off from the love of God and the possibility of redemption, as she was when she wrote about them.
At home in Palm Springs, California, Anne Rice talks to Bidisha about how her beliefs have shaped her fiction.