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Who is L.J. Smith?
Lisa Jane Smith is the author of more than two dozen books for Young Adults, including Night of the Solstice, Heart of Valor, The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, and the Night World series. You can learn more about her on our L.J. Smith page or in The Vampire Diaries Wiki.

What is The Vampire Diaries?
The Vampire Diaries is a series of Young Adult books written by L.J. Smith. The original four-volume series was published in 1991 and 1992; the first volume of the follow-up trilogy, The Return: Nightfall, was released in February 2009. The original series was re-released in two omnibus editions (The Awakening/The Struggle and The Fury/Dark Reunion) by HarperCollins in 2007. The last book in The Return trilogy is titled Midnight and is due for publication on March 15, 2011. You can read a general synopsis of the series in The Books, or detailed summaries (beware of major plot spoilers) in The Vampire Diaries Wiki.

When is The Return: Midnight coming out?
Midnight, the seventh book in The Vampire Diaries series, is currently due for publication on March 15, 2011.

What order do the books go in?
The Awakening is the first book in the series, then The Struggle, The Fury, Dark Reunion, Nightfall, Shadow Souls, and Midnight (due March 15, 2011).

What is the Stefan’s Diaries trilogy?
The Stefan’s Diaries trilogy is a prequel series soon to be published by HarperTeen and is based on the TV series’ mythology. Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec, and L.J. Smith all consulted on the series. The three books will be: #1: Origins (release date: November 2, 2010), #2: Bloodlust (release date: January 4, 2011), and #3: The Craving (release date: May 3, 2011). You can read summaries on our Books About the TV Series page.

Did L.J. Smith rip off Stephenie Meyer?
Twilight was published in 2005. The Vampire Diaries was published in 1991. You can do the math.

Did Stephenie Meyer rip off L.J. Smith?
The similarities between Twilight and The Vampire Diaries are superficial at best, and the themes are pretty much Vampire Romance 101, shared by many other novels and series out there. No one cares about who wrote what first, better, faster, or smarter. Remember that there are fans of both series out there. So everybody play nice.

Can you send something to L.J. Smith for me?
No. You can contact L.J. Smith directly through her official site,

When is Strange Fate coming out?
While this isn’t Vampire Diaries-related, we get asked this question a lot, so here’s what we know: L.J. Smith is currently writing Strange Fate. Yes, we know there are a few publication dates floating about for the actual release, but after 10 years we’ve all learned to take such things with a grain of salt. In short, we’ll believe it when we see it. In the meantime, there is an excerpt from Strange Fate available in the newest Night World omnibus released in April 2009.

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