Phone Message Transcript: May 3, 1997
[appearing on Anne's fan phone line]

"Hi. This is Anne Rice. It is Friday, May 2nd, and I want to say hello to all the readers who are in town for Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Please be careful. Don't go walking the Garden District at night and play it safe but the city is beautiful right now, just absolutely gorgeous this weekend. I hope it stays that way. The ligustrum is blooming. Flowers are blooming everywhere. It's paradise but be careful. I don't really have any news except that VIOLIN, my next book, will be coming out in the fall.

I asked you, couple of calls ago, what you thought about me publishing a short novel in the summer and a long novel in the fall, you know, short novels say devoted more to the vampire characters, long novels more of the big full blown novel like WITCHING HOUR or LASHER. I am still interested in your thoughts on that if you want to keep giving them to me. I've been compiling them. Anything you want to tell me helps me. There is a one minute message. I would like to know, for example, how you found out about my books. I am just curious. You can tell I'm doing good tonight. Good enough to be curious and good enough to ask you that if you want to tell me.

I want to thank you for calling, and I want to say that I thought Ellen Degeneres' coming out show was a triumph, and I'm faxing Disney and faxing ABC and I sent flowers to Ellen herself. I just think it was one of the most beautiful things that has ever happened on American television, and it was a show that was fantastic for all of the persecutors throughout the world. I mean, if ever a person demonstrated that gay people can be good, constructive, functioning, wonderful people and gay it's Ellen Degeneres. She is just kind and gentle by nature and she's made a practice of humor that does not hurt anyone. I was just so happy for her that the show was great. I hope ABC will shortly make tapes of that show available for sale so that we can buy it.

I urge you, if you have any interest in the subject, gay rights, the rights of everybody really who is persecuted, you might put your two cents in about that with ABC, you might back Ellen but that's up to you, you know, you have to look into your heart and see how you feel. I read the New Testament over and over again and don't see any place where Christ says you can't be gay. I haven't found that, and I think our gay brothers and sisters have souls like anyone else and are entitled to religion like anyone else as well as tolerance and civil rights.

But anyway, that's it for tonight. Play it safe in New Orleans if you are here for Jazz Fest. Be careful. We do have crime in the city but do visit the Garden District, it is just gorgeous, and do visit the French Quarter. I love you all. Thank you very much for calling and leave me a message."