L.J. Smith (along with authors Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris and P.C. and Kristin Cast) was interviewed recently by Matthew Peterson on The Author Hour. The discussion centres mostly on the Vampire Diaries (the books and the TV series) and her writing career.

Matthew Peterson: My next guest is L. J. Smith, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Night World, Dark Visions, and The Vampire Diaries, which is now a TV series. Thanks for being on the show today Lisa.

L. J. Smith: Very good to be here. Thank you, Matt.

Matthew Peterson: Now, back in the 1991, way before Twilight came out, you started a series about a high school girl who discovers that her boyfriend is a vampire.

L. J. Smith: Yeah.

Matthew Peterson: Almost two decades later, The Vampire Diaries is now a television series and is really having a come back. We’ve all heard about the dream Stephanie Meyer had that gave her the inspiration for Twilight.

L. J. Smith: [laughs] Actually, I hadn’t heard that.

Matthew Peterson: Oh, you hadn’t? Yeah, she had a dream and “I think I’ll write a vampire book.” What was the trigger for you that helped give you the idea to write The Vampire Diaries?

L. J. Smith: I was given a call by some people who wanted a trilogy of vampire books written and they said that they wanted me, within nine months, to produce 3 books about vampires. So the idea was that there were two brothers who were both in love with the same girl: one good brother, one bad brother. And I kind of like the bad brother better, that’s Damon, and he’s one of my favorite characters to work with, so it didn’t come out exactly perhaps as it was intended, but it seems that people enjoy the effect, so I can’t complain.

You can listen to the interview with L.J. Smith here (the interview starts at the 45:50 minute mark), or read the transcript here.

I agree with L.J, Damon is my favorite and i don’t think he’s that bad…is he? What do you think of this interview? Are you a fan of L.J. Smith’s books?