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Q&A: The Vampire Diaries creator L.J. Smith on writing and losing the series

on 01 November 2012. Posted in Just for Fun

Before there was Twilight, there was The Vampire Diaries

L.J. (Lisa Jane) Smith’s first teen vampire romance novel came out more than 20 years ago. She wrote four books for the series by 1992, before calling it quits for nearly a decade to help take care of family business. 

When Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight hit the shelves, Smith got a call that The Vampire Diaries books were mysteriously back on the bestseller list. So, she wrote three more books for the series and was set to write another trilogy when Alloy Entertainment Inc. and HarperTeen hired a ghost writer to finish the series with shorter books that fit the new The Vampire Diaries TV series better. The Secret Circle, another series by Smith, was also passed to a new author for the same reason.

Now, Smith warns aspiring writers to be wary of the words “work for hire,” which she says helped “mutilate her child limb by limb and destroy it.” Salt Lake magazine sat down with Smith, who has 20 plus books published, to get her thoughts on losing the series, her thoughts on the fans and what she's doing right now.

Continue to read the rest of the Interview Here >>  Interview by Jaime Winston on October 27, 2012 for SaltLake

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Michelle
+1 # RE: Q&A: The Vampire Diaries creator L.J. Smith on writing and losing the seriesMichelle 2012-11-01 06:21
Made me more excited to read Last Lullabye!
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Maja
+2 # RE: Q&A: The Vampire Diaries creator L.J. Smith on writing and losing the seriesMaja 2012-11-02 07:36
It was great!
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Guest
+3 # I wishGuest 2012-11-19 16:19
I would love it if Lisa released her version of the Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle just as a fan-fiction. I don't think they can really sue you for that, can they?
But I suppose it's her choice.
I'm glad Lisa had the chance to voice how she felt about losing the series in this interview.

I can't wait for strange fate!! :lol:
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Guest
+1 # RE: I wishGuest 2012-11-22 21:15
I wish I had never read book 8, I did not know LS Smitth did not write it. For me the final book will always be Book 7 Midnight where Elena realizes that her only love was and would be Damon and Damon only FOREVER. The Hunters suck. Artificial stupid trash!!! LS Smith pls write Book 8, 9... as fanfic with your storyline!
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-1 # LJ SmithGuest 2012-12-01 12:14
I was so upset when I found out that she didn't write them I loved where she was going with the books. I could 100% tell when her writing stopped and the ghost writer started.

It's so unfortunate because I can't help thinking how much more amazing the books would have been if she finished it. Harper/Alloy made a terrible mistake. L.J Smith was the best choice. The ghost writer ruined the series for me and when I reread the books, I only read the ones L.J wrote.
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-1 # RE: Q&A: The Vampire Diaries creator L.J. Smith on writing and losing the seriesGuest 2012-12-01 12:15
Quoting Guest:
I wish I had never read book 8, I did not know LS Smitth did not write it. For me the final book will always be Book 7 Midnight where Elena realizes that her only love was and would be Damon and Damon only FOREVER. The Hunters suck. Artificial stupid trash!!! LS Smith pls write Book 8, 9... as fanfic with your storyline!


Oh I love this idea. Please L.J, make a fan fiction continuing the story. I want to know how you would have finished it!
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0 # Key ShoresGuest 2012-12-11 06:03
"Losing the series?" The very idea is frustrating. It's her creation. She actually created the story and each and every characters. The tale developed in her head. It's unethical for somebody to simply take away the rights, manipulating a bunch of terms legally and asking somebody else to complete the novel.

I just wonder, if something can be done about it. Now that the world knows the sheer injustice done to LJS, can't somebody capable and powerful enough to do something, do something about it?
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0 # Book writeGuest 2014-03-03 21:54
I love reading your posts. You know, a lot of people are hunting around for this great information; you could help them greatly by your post.
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0 # vampire diariesGuest 2015-02-07 23:08
Hate the show now days and really hate elana and damon so peace out vampire diaries!
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