This is a partial transcript of "The Big Story With John Gibson," April 20, 2006, that has been edited for clarity.

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JOHN GIBSON, HOST:Lestat” is ready to sink its teeth into Broadway. The Anne Rice-inspired musical is based on the blood-sucking hero from "Interview With the Vampire." The show, with music from Sir Elton John, debuts in New York next week. And I’m joined now by Anne Rice, whose latest book is "Christ the Lord out of Egypt." It is in bookstores now. Ms. Rice, welcome and thanks for coming on.

ANNE RICE, AUTHOR: Oh, thank you very much. Glad to be here.

GIBSON: A lot of your fans are wondering, so I’ve been reading 25 years worth of Anne Rice, cult novels and conscious-stricken vampires, and now I’m looking at a novel about 7-year-old Jesus Christ talking about his trip out of Egypt. What happened?

RICE: Well, what happened was I returned to the church, and I experienced what people call a conversion, or reversion, maybe, I’m not sure. But I’m back with my faith, and to me Jesus Christ became the ultimate supernatural hero, and so I wrote about him. I’ve always written about what obsesses me.

GIBSON: So, so looking back, what do you think of how — what you were writing before?

RICE: I feel the books really accurately reflect a long journey, a moving back towards Jesus Christ. I had been a Catholic as a child, and the books are filled with religious imagery, and they’re filled with a longing for deliverance, for salvation.

GIBSON: How do you feel about this — about your character, Lestat, about to become a Broadway star while you have returned to the spiritual church? Is this...

RICE: I’m really thrilled about the musical.

GIBSON: You are?

RICE: I couldn’t be more thrilled. I think "The Vampire Lestat" was a very important moment in my life when I wrote it, and again, it reflected a search for salvation. And the musical is a wonderful adaptation of the book. It’s a great interpretation. And I’m absolutely delighted that people are going to see it. I think the readers are going to love it.

GIBSON: Now, if I read this correctly, I thought I saw in Newsweek a story about you recently, that you said you were never going to write about anything again except the Lord.

RICE: That’s right. I’m not. I’m only going to write about the Lord. But I still am glad all these other books are out there. I think that they have an authenticity when they talk about the world of darkness and the predator in all of us and the monster in all of us, and all of that is there in those works forever, really, and I’m really pleased when people respond to the books.

GIBSON: All right. Anne Rice, a long history of books that are symbolized by Lestat and "Interview With a Vampire," and now "Christ the Lord out of Egypt," in the bookstores. Anne Rice, very good to talk to you. Thanks for coming in. We appreciate it.

RICE: Thank you.

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