Get ready for a whole new way to feed your Salvatore addiction, folks! Starting Thursday, DC Comics will begin releasing chapters of a digital comic based on The Vampire Diaries. “The first issue is going into the mythology behind vervain,” previews Colleen Doran, who’s writing the tales on an alternating schedule with fellow comic-book contributor B. Clay Moore. “I’ve always wondered how they got all of the vervain out of Mystic Falls…it’s a really common plant, what happened? Since there’s never been an explanation, I came up with one.”
Both Doran and Moore are confessed fans of the show, which means they are committed to honoring the current TVD plots. In fact, a bulk of their ideas are aimed at filling in the blanks. “We’re mostly looking at what Damon and Stefan may have been up to at different times during their 2000 years of existence,” says Moore. “The second story, which is mine, is set directly before the show started.”
The first chapter just so happens to feature Doran’s favorite character to write and watch. “I started watching the show because of Ian Somerhalder,” she admits with a laugh, adding that it was the dreamboat’s resemblance to DC Comics character Nightwing that originally caught her fancy. “It was all about art! What a sacrifice, right?”
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Jen | Categories: Books, Interviews, L.J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries | Comments Off on Q&A: The Vampire Diaries creator L.J. Smith on writing and losing the series
As promised in our October feature story, Your Mom’s a Twihard, here are the highlights from our big interview with L.J. Smith.
Before there was Twilight, there was The Vampire Diaries.
L.J. (Lisa Jane) Smith’s first teen vampire romance novel came out more than 20 years ago. She wrote four books for the series by 1992, before calling it quits for nearly a decade to help take care of family business.
When Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight hit the shelves, Smith got a call that The Vampire Diaries books were mysteriously back on the bestseller list. So, she wrote three more books for the series and was set to write another trilogy when Alloy Entertainment Inc. and HarperTeen hired a ghost writer to finish the series with shorter books that fit the new The Vampire Diaries TV series better. The Secret Circle, another series by Smith, was also passed to a new author for the same reason.
Now, Smith warns aspiring writers to be wary of the words “work for hire,” which she says helped “mutilate her child limb by limb and destroy it.” Salt Lake magazine sat down with Smith, who has 20 plus books published, to get her thoughts on losing the series, her thoughts on the fans and what she’s doing right now.
Let’s start with the origin of The Vampire Diaries.
“I’m no longer writing them, but when I originally signed the contract, I had written two hardback books, which came out to good reviews and no sales because they had the ugliest covers of any book I’ve seen in my life. I was teaching public school, a kindergarten class with a lot of special ed kids, and I had these two books behind me when I got a phone call from a book packager. I didn’t know what a book packager was, but they asked if I would like to write a vampire trilogy, and that became The Vampire Diaries. I guess one of their editors had read one of the books I had written, which were slightly scary, and thought I could do a trilogy for them with romance, supernatural elements and maybe even a little humor in it.”
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Jen | Categories: Books, The Vampire Diaries | Comments Off on Read the first four chapters of Stefan’s Diaries #5: The Asylum
The fifth Stefan’s Diaries book, The Asylum is due for release on January 17th, and HarperTeen are giving Vampire Diaries fans a sneak peek, offering the first four chapters for free online.
The hunters become the hunted. . . .
Driven from their hometown of Mystic Falls, both Stefan Salvatore and his brother, Damon, arrived in Europe looking for a fresh start. But Samuel, a wealthy and cunning vampire, has other plans for them. First he ruined Stefan’s peaceful existence and now he’s framing Damon for the most gruesome murders London has ever seen.
United against their common enemy, Stefan and Damon are stunned when they realize that the source of Samuel’s rage lies in their past—tied up with the woman who forever changed their lives. Haunted by the memory of Katherine, the brothers find that their uneasy alliance is tested. Can they overcome their rivalry to defeat Samuel before he exacts his final revenge?
Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan’s Diaries reveals the truth about what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.
The following links will take you directly to the pre-order page for The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries #5: The Asylum, on sale 1/17/2012.
amazon / barnes and noble / books-a-million
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Jen | Categories: Books, Ian Somerhalder, Interviews, Non TVD Projects, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
Two weeks ago I had the incredible honor of introducing all of you die-hard readers to a seriously wonderful debut author by the name of Michelle Horst. This is the woman who has begun the next huge YA series! Vaalbara: Visions and Shadows introduces a locale that everyone is falling in love with, and readers across the globe want to travel there right now!
Raighne is one of the most handsome and interesting male heroes to come along in a good, long time. Is he based on anyone in particular?
Yes, he is based on Ian Somerhalder. Ian is someone I respect very much. I drool when I see him on television and I want to salute him for his heart and strength. He is one of the most endearing humans on the planet, who spends every free minute trying to save ‘Mother Nature’ and every helpless animal. He has raised the ISF Foundation from nothing, and won my heart in doing so. I figured a man who cares so much for another, and looks so good, belongs on the pages of my book where he can take care of Alchera, who is a precious being to me.
Ian tweeted this link, so if you would like to read more about this author, head on over to staugnews.com
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Jen | Categories: Books, Contests, The Vampire Diaries | Comments Off on Win the New TVD Book Signed by the Cast: Enter the #TVDHuntersPhantom Tweetstakes!
This Tuesday the bestselling Vampire Diaries book series continues with TVD: Hunters: Phantom! Count down the final hours to the book’s release by entering to win a copy of the book signed by The Vampire Diaries cast! Whose autograph would you like the most: Ian Somerhalder’s? Nina Dobrev’s? Or Paul Wesley’s? Cast your vote today! Click here for more information on the contest
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Jen | Categories: Books, The Vampire Diaries | Comments Off on Pitch Dark Books has The Stefan Diaries for $2.99 (ebook readers only)
Pitch Dark Books tweeted the following:
LAST CHANCE! The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries 1 & 2 are available on your e-reader for only $2.99. Offer ends tomorrow! #ebook #deals
Those of you who have a Kindle or a Nook i suggest you head on over and check out this great book sale