Last week I was lucky enough to hear Laini Taylor talking about her books and how she works as a writer. Laini lives in Portland, Oregon, USA (with her family) and although she has traveled to various countries, this was the first time that she had visited New Zealand. Calling in on Auckland on her way to the WORD Christchurch (the 2014 Writers and Readers Festival) she spoke freely about her experiences, and reveled in the opportunity to meet her fans.
Liani was great fun, and laughed a lot, and as a result made her audience feel very welcome and at ease with asking her questions about her books. Laini admitted to being a writer that chose her words very carefully, sometimes spending a day on a paragraph, so perhaps this was why she found writing a book easy to start, but hard to finish. Despite this, she never gives up on a project and the last book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone fantasy has now been published; Dreams of Gods and Monsters.
Laini has written a number of books (plus one finally finished but probably never-to-be-published novel about ballerinas).
- The Drowned (a graphic novel illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo (2004)
- Dreamdark: Blackbringer (2007)
- Dreamdark: Silksinger (2009)
- Lips Touch: Three times (2009)
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone (2011)
- Days of Blood and Starlight (2012)
- Goblin Fruit (an eBook) (2012)
- Night of Cake and Puppets (a Daughter of Smoke and Bone novella) (2013)
- Spicy Little Curses Such as These (an eBook) (2013)
- Dreams of Gods and Monsters (2014)
On the plane over to New Zealand Laini was working on the fifth version of a movie script. So if you have not read any fantasy lately, you have time to try the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy before the movie comes out.
PS. For more visual clues have a look at this interesting Pinterest board for Daughter of Smoke and Bone.