Young Adult author LJ Smith has announced that she will be writing more books in her popular Vampire Diaries series using Kindle Worlds.
According to the Amazon website, Kindle Worlds is “a place for you to publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games. With Kindle Worlds, you can write new stories based on featured Worlds, engage an audience of readers, and earn royalties.”
Smith began writing The Vampire Diaries back in the early 1990s. The series ended in 1991 after just four books. Then, with the popularity of Twilight and a new wave of young adult literature, Smith got the chance to continue writing her beloved books, including The Secret Circle series, in 2011. The Return: Phantom was the first new Vampire Diaries novel in nearly twenty years.
After writing The Return: Midnight – the third and final book in the Return trilogy – Smith was fired from writing the books and a ghostwriter took over.
Thanks in large part to support from fans, Smith will use Kindle Worlds to write fan fiction of her own novels, continuing her series as it was originally intended to be written.
In a Facebook message to fans, Smith wrote, “The Evensong arc will pick up more or less where Midnight left off and takes place in an alternate world from the official books that follow Midnight. The three books in this arc are Paradise Lost, The War of Roses, and Into the Wood. The first novel, Paradise Lost, and the first part of the second novel, The War of Roses, will be available January 23, 2014.”