L. J. Smith (author)
Lisa Jane Smith, known professionally as L. J. Smith, is an American author of young adult fiction best known for her best-selling series The Vampire Diaries, which has been turned into a successful television show. Her books, particularly The Vampire Diaries and Night World, have been in the New York Times Best Seller list and have been nominated for five awards.
|L. J. Smith|
|Born||Lisa Jane Smith
Orange County, California, United States
|Pen name||L. J. Smith|
|Education||University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1987)
San Francisco State University
|Genres||Young adult, horror, science fiction, fantasy, romance|
|Notable works||The Vampire Diaries
The Secret Circle
Early life and educationEdit
Smith was born in Orange County, California. Her reported date of birth varies, with sources noting as early as 1958 or 1959 or as late as 1965. As a child, she grew up in Villa Park, California and attended Villa Park High School. It was here that her high school English teacher, Zoe Gibbs, gave Smith the confidence to write.
Smith has said that she realized she wanted to be a writer sometime between kindergarten and first grade, "when a teacher praised a horrible poem I'd written", and she began writing in earnest in elementary school.
Her first book, The Night of the Solstice, written during high school and college, was published by MacMillan in 1987, followed by Heart of Valor in 1990. They sold poorly, as they were labeled for 9 to 11-year-olds and not for young adults, as Smith wanted.
The Vampire Diaries series was commissioned by Elise Donner, editor of Alloy Entertainment in 1990: Smith immediately wrote the scene when Elena, Bonnie and Meredith are decorating the gym and the heroine meets Damon (scene later included in the first novel), while, as for the other characters, she adapted those of The Garden of Earthly Delights, an adult book she was writing. She chose the setting of The Vampire Diaries in Virginia because she has family there and was inspired by the small towns and lifestyles.
Three trilogies followed: The Secret Circle (1992), The Forbidden Game (1994) and Dark Visions (1995). The first installment of Night World series was published in 1996, followed by eight more over the next two years.
In 1998, Smith began a decade-long hiatus from writing, returning in 2008 with a new website and a series of new short stories. The Vampire Diaries series was reissued in 2007, followed by reprintings of The Secret Circle trilogy and Night World series in 2008–2009. The Night of the Solstice and Heart of Valor were also reissued in 2008. Three new Vampire Diaries installments were published in 2009 and 2010. The series was later adapted into a TV series (The Vampire Diaries) in 2009, as well as The Secret Circle, which became a TV series of the same name in 2011.
The final volume of The Vampire Diaries written entirely by Smith (The Return: Midnight) was released in March 2011. Smith submitted a draft of the next installment (The Hunters: Phantom), but after a dispute regarding a pivotal plot twist, her involvement was terminated by the publisher and the episode was revised by a ghostwriter. Subsequent Vampire Diaries installments have also been ghostwritten. She was also replaced on The Secret Circle series, by ghostwriter Aubrey Clark.
Smith previously resided in Concord, California in 1991 and still resides in Northern California with her dog. In 1998, Smith took a decade-long hiatus from writing to take care of her sister's children when her brother-in-law was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. During this time, her mother died from lung cancer. In late 2015, Smith was diagnosed with granulomatosis with polyangiitis.
Night World SeriesEdit
- Secret Vampire (1996) ISBN 0-340-69994-9
- Daughters of Darkness (1996) ISBN 0-340-68982-X
- Spellbinder (1996) ISBN 978-0-671-55135-3 (called Enchantress in the UK and Australia versions)
- Dark Angel (1996) ISBN 0-671-55136-1
- The Chosen (1997) ISBN 0-340-69003-8
- Soulmate (1997) ISBN 0-340-69004-6
- Huntress (1997) ISBN 0-340-70953-7
- Black Dawn (1997) ISBN 0-340-70954-5
- Witchlight (1998) ISBN 0-340-70955-3
- Strange Fate (TBA)
- Night World: Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, Spellbinder (Enchantress)" (2008) ISBN 978-1-41-697450-5
- Night World: Dark Angel, The Chosen, Soulmate (2008) ISBN 978-1-41-697451-2
- Night World: Huntress, Black Dawn, Witchlight (2009) ISBN 978-1-41-697452-9
Published on Lisa Jane Smith official website.
- Thicker Than Water – Featuring Keller, Rashel, Galen and Quinn
- Ash and Mary-Lynnette: Those Who Favor Fire
- Jez and Morgead's Night Out
The Vampire Diaries SeriesEdit
- The Awakening: Volume I (1991) ISBN 978-1-4449-0071-2
- The Struggle: Volume II (1991) ISBN 978-0-06-199076-2
- The Fury: Volume III (1991) ISBN 978-0-06-199077-9
- Dark Reunion: Volume IV (1992) ISBN 0-06-105992-7 (The Reunion in the UK and Australia version)
The Vampire Diaries: The Return TrilogyEdit
- The Return: Nightfall (2009) ISBN 9780061720802
- The Return: Shadow Souls (2010) ISBN 978-0-06-172083-3
- The Return: Midnight (2011) ISBN 978-0-06-172085-7
The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters TrilogyEdit
- The Hunters: Phantom (2011) (Written by a ghostwriter)
- The Hunters: Moonsong (2012) (Written by a ghostwriter)
- The Hunters: Destiny Rising (2012) (Written by a ghostwriter)
The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation TrilogyEdit
- The Salvation: Unseen (2013) (Written by Aubrey Clark)
- The Salvation: Unspoken (2013) (Written by Aubrey Clark)
- The Salvation: Unmasked (2014) (Written by Aubrey Clark)
- The Awakening and The Struggle (2007) ISBN 978-1-41-782599-8
- The Fury and Dark Reunion (2007) ISBN 978-0-06-114098-3
Published on Lisa Jane Smith's official website.
- "Matt and Elena – First Date" (2010)
- "Matt and Elena – Tenth Date: On Wickery Pond" (2010)
- "Bonnie and Damon: After Hours" (2011)
- "An Untold Tale: Blood Will Tell" (2010)
- "An Untold Tale: Elena's Christmas" (2010)
Cuts from The Return: Shadow SoulsEdit
Published on Lisa Jane Smith's official website.
- Damon and Elena: Tumbleweeds (2011)
- Dinner Disaster (2010)
The Vampire Diaries: EvensongEdit
Note: These books were published as fanfiction on Kindle Worlds after Smith's publisher hired other authors to continue the series after The Return: Midnight. They pick up after the ending of said book. and while they do represent the original author's intended continuation, they are not considered official canon to the main Vampire Diaries series due to their status.
- Paradise Lost (2014)
- The War of Roses (2014)
- Into the Wood (TBA)
- The Initiation (1992) ISBN 978-0-06-106712-9
- The Captive (1992) ISBN 978-0-06-106715-0
- The Power (1992) ISBN 978-0-06-106719-8
- The Divide (2012) ISBN 978-0-06-213039-6 (Written by Aubrey Clark)
- The Hunt (2012) ISBN 978-0-06-213042-6 (Written by Aubrey Clark)
- The Temptation (2013) (Written by Aubrey Clark)
- The Initiation and The Captive Part I (2008) ISBN 978-0-06-167085-5
- The Captive Part II and The Power (2008) ISBN 978-0-06-167135-7
The Forbidden Game SeriesEdit
- The Hunter (1994) ISBN 978-0-671-87451-3
- The Chase (1994) ISBN 978-0-671-87452-0
- The Kill (1994) ISBN 978-0-671-87453-7
- Rematch (TBA)
- The Strange Power (1994) ISBN 978-0-671-87454-4
- The Possessed (1995) ISBN 978-0-671-87455-1
- The Passion (1995) ISBN 978-0-671-87456-8
- Blindsight (TBA)
- The Night of the Solstice (1987) ISBN 978-1-4169-9840-2
- Heart of Valor (1990) ISBN 978-1-4169-9841-9
- Mirrors of Heaven (TBA)
- Eternity: A Vampire Love Story (TBA)
- The Last Lullaby (TBA)
- "Blogs from 2008 - Short and very sweet". September 5, 2008.
- Rickman, Amy (2011). "Chapter Five: The Written Word". Blood Brothers. John Blake Publishing Ltd. pp. 25–27. ISBN 9781843584100.
- McLellan, Dennis (January 3, 1991). "BOOKS & AUTHORS : Children Save World in 'Heart of Valor'". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
- The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. Canton, Michigan: Visible Ink Press. 2010. p. 648. ISBN 9781578593484.
- Laura Pezzino (February 10, 2010). "Twilight? Non conosco (lit.: Twilight? Don't know)". Vanity Fair (in Italian).
... Smith, who is now (February 2010) 51, ...
- "An Interview with novelist L.J. Smith". Retrieved May 15, 2009.
- L.J. Smith Biography: amazon.com Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- Interview with Novelist L.J. Smith: nightworld.net Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- "An interview with L. J. Smith". Bookalicious. March 15, 2009.
- L.J. Smith at the Internet Book List
- The L.J. Smith Fanlisting
- The Vampire Diaries Blowout: 3 Prequel Novels Coming, Ep. 18 Stills, Ep. 20 Preview
- Josef Adalian (October 20, 2010). "Three Buffy/Angel Veterans Dream Up New Female Heroines for The CW". nymag.com. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
- Bookalicious (ed.). "Interview with L.J. Smith part deux". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "L.J. Smith, creator of The Vampire Diaries books, fired.". February 5, 2011.
- "Cover of The Divide".
- "The Secret Circle Sequel". October 3, 2011.
- Mark O. Estes (December 31, 2011). "The Secret Circle: New Novel Will NOT Be Written By L.J. Smith!". Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- Alter, Alexandra (April 17, 2014). "'Vampire Diaries' Writer Bites Back". The Wall Street Journal. New York City. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
- "And Then I Woke Up". 6 December 2015.
- "L.J. Smith's New Vampire Diaries Series". January 15, 2014.