Before the frenzy that was and still is Twilight, before Stephenie Meyers dreamed of Edward…there existed the awesomeness of The Vampire Diaries, by author Lisa Jane Smith.
These books were first published as a trilogy in 1991, nearly 20 years ago. The story centered on Elena Gilbert, a teenage girl who is torn between two vampire brothers, (who I like to call Hot and Hotter), Stefan and Damon Salvatore.
The Vampire Diaries was adapted for TV and premiered on the CW in September 2009. The storyline has been adjusted for the television series but it will be exciting to find out which ideas they will keep from the original story. The love triangle between Elena, Stefan, and Damon is much more prominent and violent in the books than the televised version.
LJ Smith first discovered she wanted to be a writer at age six and turned in this lovely poem to her first grade teacher.
I see a bird upon its nest
It has no time to sit and rest
This little bird cannot have fun
Because its work is never done.
She is positive that even if people hated her stories, it would not stop her from writing. Like most of us, writing to her is involuntary and the stories must be told.
You tell it, girl.
She is agented by Elizabeth Harding of Curtis Brown Ltd.