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Lisa Jane Smith (1965)

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Lisa Jane Smith, known professionally as L.J. Smith, is an American author of young-adult literature. Her books, which combine elements of the genres of supernatural, horror, science fiction/fantasy, and romance, are populated with young and apparently young human and supernatural characters locked in dark vs. light, good vs. evil conflict. A dark antagonist typically attempts to seduce a heroine into the darkness, and in some cases is instead reborn into the light. The popular Night World series adds a recurring reality-altering conspiracy theme, enlivened with "romantic soulmate scenarios."


Smith is secretive about her age, but multiple sources list her birthdate as September 4, 1965, in Villa Park, Orange County, California. In interviews she has said she realized she wanted to be a writer sometime between kindergarten and first grade, "when a teacher praised a horrible poem I'd written", and began writing in earnest in elementary school.

Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1987, followed by teaching credentials in Elementary education and Special education from San Francisco State University. She taught kindergarten and special education for several years before becoming a full-time writer.

Her first book, The Night of the Solstice, was published by MacMillan in 1987, followed by "Heart of Valor" in 1990, and the 4-volume "Vampire Diaries" series in 1991-2. Three trilogies followed: The Secret Circle , The Forbidden Game , and Dark Visions . The first installment of her popular Night World series was published in 1996, followed by eight more over the next two years.

In 1998, Smith began a decade-long hiatus from writing, returning in 2008 with a new Web site and a series of new short stories. The Vampire Diaries series was reissued in 2007, followed by reprintings of The Secret Circle trilogy and Night World series in 2008/2009. The Night of the Solstice and Heart of Valor were also reissued in 2008. Three new Vampire Diaries installments were published in 2009 and 2010, and three more are scheduled for release, according to the author's Web site.

Smith lives in the San Francisco Bay area "with one dog, three cats, and about ten thousand books."

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