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.
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
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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
Waiting for the next book in your favorite series to release can be agonizing...and yet oh so worthwhile. Whether you've suffered through the wait time for each installment or held out until the release of the last book to binge read, bestselling series authors succeed at keeping countless
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
Hi! I'M HOME! At last. It's been an amazing 6-ish weeks. I haven't updated here for a while, but I've been posting pics on Twitter (here) if you want to see what we've been up to in France and then, last week, Phoenix Comicon :-) Amazing as our travels were, it's soooo good to be home! Chores galore, but soon those will be managed and we'll be back into a normal life routine, including full immersion in NEW BOOK PROJECT(s)! YAY!
I came across this quote
In the spirit of adventure, we decided to take the night train from London to the south of France in lieu of an easy 2-hour flight. Mistake? Who knows. It was exciting for Clementine :-)
We arrived in Nice, rented a car, and drove to the neighboring village of Villefranche sur Mer. GOOD DECISION! Villefranche is beautiful! The loveliest town on the Riviera. At least that we saw, and we didn't see everything.
Lots of trompe l'oeil windows, check them out. This one really is a window,
England is at an end. We have tunneled beneath the sea to France, night-trained to its southerly reaches, and are now basking in the Mediterranean sun (well, moon currently, but let's not nitpick). But none of France today. Today, England!
More Cotswolds. Famous Arlington Row in Bibury, "most photographed houses in England," or so they claim. Something like that. Incredibly picturesque:
Also, teeming with swans. Swan infestation.
Not just swans. CYGNETS!!!
Have you heard of the Radcliffe Camera? That's it, above! It was soooo cool, in Oxford, putting a visual to all these famous names, like the Sheldonian and Bodleian and Magdalen College and on, and on. And that was just in a few hours' worth of strolling. Holy CR**. OXFORD. It's jaw-dropping. My photos are uploading sooooo slowly on this wifi connection, so I can't put up pics to prove it, and anyway, pics don't do Oxford justice. It's the way you're just walking along and EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK th
Gosh, have I been gone from the blog for A MONTH?? Eeesh, don't know if I've ever done that before! I didn't manage to keep up while on tour, and now I'm done and the trilogy is complete and in the world and that's that. WHEW!! Thank you for all the awesome comments so belatedly published to the last post (due to spam overload, I recently had to enable comment moderation, and I always forget to check it unless I'm putting up a post!)
Belated thanks to my awesome publishers, Little Br
It IS! It's time. (Almost.) Somehow it is almost April 8th! That happened fast. I'm still trying to accept 2014! I'm off tomorrow morning for the first leg of the DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS tour, which starts in Albuquerque and will wind me around back to Portland via Texas and California. A few days at home and then: Toronto and Boston. A day at home and then: England!
See HERE for tour details!
My amazing publishers, Little Brown, have some incredible stuff planned for the
So, you guys already know that my husband, Jim Di Bartolo, is super talented. And I'm sure you also know that Kiersten White is super talented. But still, knowing this, you cannot quite imagine how amazing their collaboration, IN THE SHADOWS, is.
What is IN THE SHADOWS? It's a heavily illustrated novel, but it's not a novel where the art illustrates the text. Two stories are told, one by Kiersten, with words, and one by Jim, with pictures. The stories are connected, but it will take
Oh man did we love the house we stayed in in Mexico. Thanks eternally to Cassie, Holly, Sarah, Josh, Kelly, and Gavin for inviting us on this fabulous retreat!
Of course I want to walk you through the whole house and explain how it fits together and how magnificent and perfect it is, but I won't. I'll just show you the pictures.
This is all hidden behind high walls in the town center. Amazing. From the outside, you can't guess what's within. I kept wishing I could fly so I could skim