Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spotlight on... L.J. Smith

Today's Spotlight is on L.J. Smith who is one of my favourite all time authors!
L.J. Smith
Bio: L.J. Smith recently changed her name because she got tired of being one of a googolplex of Lisa J. Smiths. Her attempts to get people to call her by her new name have not, so far, been successful. Despite initial disappointments, she will not give up the fight! She also wonders if many people out there realize that “smiths” were revered in ancient times for their ability to take bits of rock and magically turn them into useful items like swords, maces, flails, daggers, dirks, spears, halberds, arrowheads, katanas, and, eventually, lead shot and brass knuckles. And spatulas. Spatulas used to be made of metal. For this reason, smiths were thought to be a wee bit uncanny, and it was a brave man or woman who crossed them. There are few who can face up to a really well-honed spatula—or, for that matter, to cutting irony, which in Ye Good Olde Days was made of real iron. 

L.J lives in the Bay Area of California, where it is always sunny except when it rains. She has a cat and lots of books. She gets most of her ideas when she is asleep. She isn’t sure whether there is genuine magic or not, but she finds it fun to write about. She believes in the maxim, “An you harm none, do as you will.” (An means “as long as.”)

She has written many amazing books like...
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The StruggleThe Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark ReunionThe Vampire Diaries: The Return: NightfallThe Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow SoulsThe Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight
The Secret Circle
The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part IThe Secret Circle: The Captive Part II and The Power (Secret Circle (Harper Teen))
The Forbidden Game:
The Forbidden Game: The Hunter; The Chase; The Kill
Dark Visions
Dark Visions: The Strange Power; The Possessed; The Passion
Night World No. 1: Secret Vampire; Daughters of Darkness; SpellbinderNight World No. 2: Dark Angel; The Chosen; SoulmateNight World No. 3: Huntress, Black Dawn, WitchlightStrange Fate (Night World Series)*
*not released yet
Night of the Solstice
The Night of the Solstice (Wildworld)Heart of Valor (Wildworld)

I personally have read everything here except the Night of the Solstice series, Nightworld: Strange Fate, and The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight. Every story I've read has a love story in it and I loved every single one of them. There is even a TV show done about The Vampire Diaries and a new one being developped about The Secret Circle. As an author, she has written and sold many wonderful books and will be writing more too. Her writing is easy to read, and there is always an interesting plot. The best thing about L.J. Smith's books to me are the characters. She makes many memorable characters that you can't help but love and listen to their stories. 

The most well known of L.J. Smith's books are probably the Vampire Diaries and Nightworld, and those are really good but not even my favourites. If you haven't read Dark Visions or The Forbidden Game, you honestly must. They are both lovely stories with the most gorgeous guys. L.J. Smith herself said Julian (from The Forbidden Game) was one of her favourite male characters, probably even more than Damon (The Vampire Diaries). So all in all, they rock. 

Have you read a novel by L.J. Smith? What are your thoughts about it? 



  1. Great post, I love L.J Smith too, I've been reading her books for about a decade! I've read all the same ones you have, and I agree dark visions and forbidden games are definitely underrated! What's your favourite night world book?

  2. Thanks! And ten years is really cool. :) My favourite Nightworld book would be... *thinks hard* The Chosen with Rashel and Quinn. I love their chemistry and I always love the kick-butt heroines. How about yours?

  3. They were some of the first books of this genre I read, way back when ahah. Fantastic choice! That's actually my favourite too :P but my second favourite would be Daughters of Darkness. I love the three sisters and Ash. Ash is my all time fave Nightworld character :P

  4. Really?! Ash is mine too! Have you read the short story of Ash and Mary-Lynette on L.J.'s website? I can't wait to read it when it's done!

  5. No way! That's spooky :P I have yeah. I need strange fate to be published, we've been waiting so long for it!!

  6. Yes we have. I'm searching her site right now trying to figure out what's wrong with Strange Fate.

  7. It says: "The Night World series, another bestseller both in the 1990s and now, has been put out in 3 omnibus volumes, each containing 3 books from the original series of 9. They do have Volume Numbers. The series is incomplete because I am writing the last book (or at least a milestone in the series) Volume 10, Strange Fate. I'm not sure when it will come out, but all I do every day is write!"

    Which means it isn't finished.

  8. Awh no!! I knew she had to re-write it, cause it was supposed to happen around the time of the millennium. Amazon told me 2010, then april 2011, now it's saying 2012 =[

  9. :( It sucks that we have to wait, but 2012 is kind of appropriate what with the end of the world stuff, so after 2000 it would be the best date. ;)

  10. Omg, great point-I hadn't thought about that!!! But then, if the world does end before it gets published we'll never be able to read it =[

  11. Oh no! That means we'll have to get an ARC. Or since it ends on Dec 21 2012, we would just need to all read Strange Fate before December.

  12. Lol fingers crossed for atleast one of those options


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