L. J. Smith
L. J. Smith
Born 4 September 1965

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Full Name Lisa Jane Smith
Occupations Writer
Nationality American
Period 1987 - present
Genres Young Adult, Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

L. J. Smith (Lisa Jane Smith) is the author of a number of best-selling books and series, and her writing has spawned two television series and been translated into over thirty-five languages.

She lives in the Bay Area of northern California, USA, but she gets her best ideas watching deer in the backyard of a small cabin in Inverness or walking on the rocky beaches that surround that area. She enjoys movies and music, and often listens to her favorite songs as she writes.

She loves to hear from readers at, and to hold book-related contests on her website, She reads all her email and Guestbook entries and even answers whenever she can.

Early LifeEdit

Smith is secretive about her age, but multiple sources list her birthdate as September 4, 1958 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She was raised in Anaheim, California, where she attended Juliette Low Elementary School and Serrano Elementary, followed by Cerro Villa Junior High School and Villa Park High School.

Before going to college, she moved to Goring-on-Thames, United Kingdom. She attended Mills College for one year, then the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she graduated with degrees in English and Physiological Psychology.

At the University of San Francisco she obtained a Masters Degree in Education and Regular and Special Education. Smith began her career as an elementary school teacher, but left after 3 years to pursue writing.

She lives in Danville, California. The character Meredith Sulez, of The Vampire Diaries series, is inspired by her niece of the same name. She chose the setting of The Vampire Diaries in Virginia because she has family that resides there and was inspired by the small towns and lifestyles.



  • The Night of the Solstice - 1987
  • Heart of Valor - 1990
  • Mirrors of Heaven - TBA

The Vampire DiariesEdit

Original Series

  • The Awakening - 1991
  • The Struggle - 1991
  • The Fury - 1991
  • Dark Reunion (Also published as The Reunion in the UK) - 1992

The Return SeriesEdit

  • Nightfall - 2009
  • Shadow Souls - 2010
  • Midnight - 2011

Short StoriesEdit

  • Matt and Elena - First Date
  • Matt and Elena - Tenth Date: On Wickery Pond
  • An Untold Tale: Elena's Christmas
  • After Hours

The Secret CircleEdit

  • The Initiation - 1992
  • The Captive - 1992
  • The Power - 1992

The Forbidden GameEdit

  • The Hunter - 1994
  • The Chase - 1994
  • The Kill - 1994
  • Rematch - TBA

Dark VisionsEdit

  • The Strange Power - 1994
  • The Possessed - 1995
  • The Passion - 1995
  • Blindsight - TBA

Night WorldEdit

In 2008, the nine books were reprinted into three omnibus volume, with the preview of Strange Fate at the third omnibus.

Short StoriesEdit


  • Eternity: A Vampire Love Story - TBA
  • The Last Lullaby - TBA


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