L.J. Smith has been writing books for Young Adults since the 1980s. She wrote The Vampire Diaries in 1991, which (for those who can do basic maths) works out to nearly 15 years before Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga was written. So please, for the love of all that is holy, stop saying these books are copying Twilight. If they were, L.J. Smith would have had to have mastered the art of time travel, and would likely have made her fortune that way and be living a life of luxury on a tropical island.
Due to various personal reasons, L.J. Smith disappeared from the writing world back in 1998, leaving the last book in the Night World series, Strange Fate, unfinished. Happily, she returned at the beginning of 2008 with a new website, some short stories, and Strange Fate in the works, along with a new Vampire Diaries trilogy.
You can find out more about her and what she’s written on L.J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries Wiki entry.
Be sure to visit her official sites:
From the back of The Return: Nightfall.
(Hardcover, HarperTeen 2009)
L.J. Smith has written more than two dozen books for children and Young Adults. She lives in the Bay Area of California, but is happiest in a little cabin near Point Reyes National Park, which has lots of trees, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike. Please visit www.ljanesmith.net for new stories about old characters, and even sneak peeks of upcoming books.
From the back of The Fury/Dark Reunion.
(Double-volume print, HarperTeen 2007)
Lisa Jane Smith realized she wanted to be a writer sometime between kindergarten and first grade. Her first novel, The Night of the Solstice, was published the year she graduated from college. Many of her books are based on her own nightmares and those of her friends. She lives in the Bay area of northern California with one dog, three cats, and about ten thousand books.
From the back of The Forbidden Game.
(UK ed. Scholastic 1995)
Lisa Jane Smith realized she wanted to be a writer sometime between kindergarten and first grade. She got the idea for her first published book while baby-sitting in high school, and wrote it while attending college at the University of California at Santa Barbara (in between classes of course).
Dreams and Nightmares have always fascinated her. Many of her books, including The Forbidden Game trilogy, are based on her own nightmares and those of her friends. At times she stops in the middle of a particularly frightening dream and thinks, “This is awful. I sure hope I remember it when I wake up!”
She lives in a rambling house in the Bay Area of northern California with one dog, three cats, and about ten thousand books.
From the back of Dark Visions.
(UK ed. HarperCollins 1996)
Lisa Jane Smith started writing in elementary school and has never been able to break the habit. She wrote her first published book while attending college at the University of California at Santa Barbara, after which she went on to teach public school for several years. She still likes to encourage young writers to express themselves.
While she makes no claim to psychic powers, she is firmly convinced that streetlights go off at night when she passes. The author of such trilogies as the Forbidden Game, she likes writing about the supernatural because it’s a great forum for the battle between good and evil.
She lives in the Bay Area of Northern California where the Dark Visions trilogy is set.