L.J. Smith

L.J. Smith has written more than two dozen books for children and young adults. She realised she wanted to be a writer sometime between kindergarten and first grade. and got the idea for her first published book while babysitting in high school. She wrote the book, The Night of Solstice, in between classes at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received a BA in Experimental Psychology. She then moved to San Francisco State University to gain her MA in Special Education and worked as a teacher for several years before becoming a full-time writer.

Dreams and nightmares have always fascinated her and many of her books are based on her own nightmares and those of her friends. Since childhood she has been fascinated by the night and the way the ordinary world changes in moonlight. At times she stops in the middle of a particularly frightening dream and thinks, "This is awful. I sure hope I remember it when I wake up!" While she makes no claim to psychic powers, she is firmly convinced that streetlights go off at night when she passes. Ms. Smith likes writing about the supernatural because itís a great forum for the battle between good and evil.

She lives in the Bay Area of California, but is happiest in a little cabin near Point Reyes National Park, which has lots of trees, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike.

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