There have been rumors circulating on the web for awhile, but L.J. Smith, author of the original The Vampire Diaries books, has confirmed on her official blog that she has parted ways with HarperTeen/Alloy, the company which has been publishing her books. Alloy Entertainment owns the rights to the books and the characters therein. They hired her in 1990 to write the novels. It's unclear what this will mean for future books in the series, if there will be any, but it should have no effect on the TV series.
Smith issued this statement on her blog:
"First, I want to thank my readers for all their messages of support. I’ve gotten far too many emails to answer, and I really appreciate the kindness and emotional sustenance you’ve given to me at this difficult time.
Second, if you’ve asked me a question about the future books or the endgame of 'The Vampire Diaries' and I’ve been vague about what’s in store, I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize. I really wasn’t looking forward to the day when I would have to talk about this.
Third, and most importantly, I want to ask anyone who was thinking of it, not to boycott Harper’s or anyone. It just doesn’t make sense. Although I wanted and still want more than anything to be able to continue The Vampire Diaries series myself, there’s no point in not trying the new books. (And remember, for fans of Bonnie and Damon, and strict Stefan and Elena fans, the immediate dynamics may be more to your liking.) Besides which, 'Midnight,' which is all mine, is coming out in March, and I believe there may be some of my writing in 'Phantom'."