Laini Taylor is the author of the National Book Award Finalist Lips Touch: Three Times, as well as the novels Blackbringer and Silksinger. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter.
We're back from Norway!! We had a wonderful time. It's such a beautiful country! Here are some pics from our first stop, Bergen, on the southwest coast. The harbor is famous for its old wooden houses, and the landscape around it is riddled with fjords. We didn't go to any of the big ones, but just Osterfjord, which is a short loop trip by boat from the Bergen harbor.
One of the loveliest places, a short trip from Bergen, is Lysoen, the villa of 19th-Century violinist Ole Bull. To get
Hey guys! Guess what! The DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS paperback is almost here!
And to celebrate we've done something fun. Remember how when it came out in the UK we released the original first chapter of DREAMS? (Find that here.)
Well, this time I've dug down even deeper to find...
...the very first writings ever of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE. I'm always saying how there was this one day that I sat down to write something-anything-please-god-let-it-be-fun and Karou a
Finally, I can talk about the new book! I want to tell you aaaalllll about it--about the world building and the characters and the magic and the situation--but it'll be a while before it comes out (fall '16) so I have to be vague for now.
My fabulous publisher Little, Brown made this announcement today, woo hoo!
via Entertainment Weekly
(funny that they pulled this photo of all photos to go with it :-)via Galley Cat
I'm thrilled to be continuing forward with Li
This is my message for myself today:
“The only way [the book can be written] is to set the unbook—the gilt-framed portrait of the book—right there on the altar and sacrifice it, truly sacrifice it. Only then may the book, the real live flawed finite book, slowly, sentence by carnal sentence, appear.” -Bonnie Friedman
One of my favorite quotes about writing, and something I have a very hard time doing. Today I am going to try especially hard to heed this going forward in the cur
Hi there! Want to read the original first chapter of DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS? Well you can! You just have to jump through one of three very simple hoops!
Original first chapter? What's that mean?
The hardest part of writing a book for me is getting started. I can't move forward into the meat of the story until I get the beginning right, and so I usually I spend a ridiculously long time trying out openings. The first chapter is the first big hurdle, but I don't really feel
Fan art is one of my favorite things! Thank you so much to everyone who applies their creativity to my characters. I LOVE IT!
These first three from BlackBirdInk in Moldova!
Hurray, a tattoo! Thank you!!!! :-) :-)
These are pieces I can't credit with links; they're originals that were given to me at events. On the left, by Marla Rios, on the right, by CassT:
This Ziri by (I think) "Siddob" in "the place with the kangaroos" :-)
Hey guys! What are you doing Tuesday? Join me and Lauren Oliver at Barnes & Noble to celebrate the release of Lauren's new novel: VANISHING GIRLS!!
Here's the jacket copy:
Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before--before Dara kissed Parker, before Nick lost him as her best friend, before the accident left Dara's beautiful face scarred. Now the two sisters, who used to be so close, aren't speaking. In an instant, Nick lost everything an
blurry sunset in Manzanita
Last weekend I did my first writing retreat in over a year. Well, there was this one a year ago but I was still in recovery mode from finishing DREAMS and didn't do *much* writing. (Though I did write pitches for the next two books I wanted to write, one of which is underway now, more on that soooooooon :-)
But the last real writing intensive was when I was finishing DREAMS. There were two, actually, a week at the beach where I almost finis
Gosh what happened to my blog? I don't know. But I never even put up pictures from the rest of the Mexico trip in December! So here are some, as I pine for sun in the midst of an Oregon February.
This is Sayulita, a tiny town about 45 minutes out of Puerto Vallarta.
There are tons of awesome house rentals. Here's the view from ours:
It's an open-air style house, which I love. Only the bedrooms are fully enclosed. See more pics here and consider booking it. Gorgeous. We sh
Another gorgeous cover from Hodder & Stoughton, my wonderful wonderful UK publisher! Love it!
DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS paperback releases in the UK on March 26, 2015.
Oh, and by the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I love all things Christmas! And I love to Christmas-ify the house. In recent years I've fallen in love with vintage Shiny Brites, and I can't seem to stop buying them. Here they are on the large antique bottle dryer we have mounted as a kind of light fixture in the dining room. (It's great because you can hang anything from it.)
Beneath it, in a manger built (by Clementine) from bits of several block sets and a pair of candle holders, is the nativity we got at the Union Square Christmas m
(What's happening here?? Stay tuned...)
We're home from our trip to Mexico! If you haven't followed by reports on Twitter you don't know that it was THE MOST AMAZING TRIP! I've been so excited to meet my Mexican publishers at Alfaguara, and especially the awesome DoSaB readers in Mexico and ... wow did their awesomeness exceed all hopes and expectations! The book events in both Guadalajara and Mexico City have rocketed to the top of my "career highlights" list, and life highlight
It's here, it's here! The last five years of my [writing] life, collected in a smart glossy box!
It's a very lovely and solid object.Here you can see it as desk decor and a kitten bookend...
If you've been waiting to read the series until it's complete, now's a great time! It's also a lovely gift, and easy. Get one for everyone on your list! ;-)
You can ORDER IT:
Barnes & Noble
Or you might try to WIN one!
Go to these links and enter the con
It's here! Publication day for MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME is TOMORROW!!! Have you ordered it yet? I can talk about this book in a way I can't talk about my own books because I only wrote one-twelfth of it, so it's only a one-twelfth brag when I say this collection is AWESOME and you should give it liberally as a gift this holiday season. Give it to aaaaaaall your friends. It's FABULOUS!
The US edition (above) is subtitled "Twelve Holiday Stories." The UK edition went with "Twel
In the mail this morning: the Thai edition of Daughter of Smoke & Bone! I'm not sure if it's new or if I just never received it before, but I love it!
And these. So great! The Japanese Days of Blood & Starlight is in two volumes with these companion covers of Karou & Madrigal. They're the cutest things ever:
Also received recently: (l) Dutch and (r) Greek Days of Blood & Starlight:
And Spanish Dreams of Gods & Monsters, and Indonesian Days of Blood &a
I've finally hired some personal assistants. They're sisters and their names are Witch and Hazel (above, that's Hazel on the left, Witch on the right), and they're not exactly the most skilled candidates for the job, but they're the fuzziest. My main hiring requirement.
They're pretty good at guarding the keyboard.
But sometimes fall asleep on the job.
When it comes to holding papers down, they have no equal.
There's a certain amount of lap chaos, but nothing I can'
So there's a really cool museum in Paris that no one knows about. It's called the Musee des Arts Forains, which means "Museum of Fun-Fair Arts," and it's exactly what that sounds like: a private collection of really awesome vintage fun-fair rides, games, and ephemera. My best friend Alexandra told us about it after going on one of her trips to Paris.
It's housed in this fabulous series of brick warehouses surviving from the time that this neighborhood, Bercy, was the famed tax-fr
I can finally confirm that I am, in fact, coming to FIL in Guadalajara! Yippeee!!! I will post a schedule by and by, but it looks like I'll be there the first weekend of December. Can't wait to be back in Mexico! I really, really love Mexico :-)
FIL--both a trade show and a festival open to the public--is the most important book fair in the Spanish-speaking world, with 750,000 people attending!!!!! I can't even fathom that! As for Guadalajara, it is Mexico's second city, home to over four
HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO KIERSTEN WHITE and ILLUSIONS OF FATE!!! This book. This book. When Kiersten characterized the hero as "Howl meets Mr. Darcy" I said GIVE IT TO ME NOW. Only, you know, politely. Pleeease give it to me now. Please?
And because Kiersten is lovely she did give it to me (thank you thank you thank you) and I spent a marvelous couple of days with said hero...and the heroine too of course whose book this actually is. And you should too! I love historical romance, a
I am coming. At last! I'm so excited! I've never been to Australia or New Zealand, and though this isn't the trip where I'm going to get to really experience much of either country, I will get to meet some book lovers, who are of course the BEST PART OF ANY COUNTRY!
Here's the schedule of public events:
Beautiful Paris. This is an uncurated slew of photos from our May/June trip, mostly not of famous monuments (though a couple sneak in!) I should be putting up pics of Comic Con (which was so much fun!) but this is quick and easy and I need to get photos of my hard drive because my laptop is FULL and I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. Life can't function if computer can't function. Don't want to go into my technical difficulties (I have a "genius" meeting this afternoon, aren't they so modest?) b
Woo! It's almost Comic-Con time! Hope to see some of you there! I have a couple of awesome panels; can't wait!
Here's the schedule:
Thurs 1:30-2:30 pm, Room 24ABCEND OF SERIES...OR NOT
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One of the coolest places we went on our trip to France was the Carrieres de Lumieres (the Quarry of Lights) in Les Baux de Provence, not far from Arles. Look at this place!!!
It's an ancient quarry that's been converted into this incredible multi-media art space, a sound and light show like nothing I've ever seen before. This year the show is: "Klimt and Vienna: A Century of Gold and Colors," and basically it is like walking through Klimt paintings. They
It's good to be home and back to work!!!
The other night, late-ish, when I was too spent to write but not ready to sleep, I decided to do something about all the blank notebook covers staring up at me, looking all identical. Craft time! I keep notebooks for each project I'm working on--and some I have yet to work on but dream about. They're more than just collections of thoughts and scribbles and ideas. They're kind of like avatars, like they represent the unwritten book in physical form i
One of my favorite things about carousels is how the painted scenes are a mini travelogue of the city or region they're in. In the case of Arles, in southern France, this means: bullfighting, flamingoes, and Roman amphitheaters! Not so much what you think of when you think "France," right?
But yeah. Black bulls and wild white horses, cowboys in the marshes, flamingos, and monumental Roman ruins. Also Van Gogh. He painted his most famous paintings here, but none of them rema