First things first, I'm not an author (would love to have that talent, but I don't).. What I am, is an avid fan of the SVM/TB fandoms and all the talented writers who have created (and continue to create) stories about the characters who populate this universe.
I was a huge fan of the books, until book 9 when I gradually began to lose trust in the author until the bitter end of the series. This is a personal opinion and I respect those who were okay with how the series ended. Same can said of True Blood. I am unabashedly Sookie & Eric all the way.
I live in Virginia (hence my selection as Valady as my fan fiction name). If you look at my list of favorite stories and authors, you will see a wide range of both.