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Laini Taylor

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Hi! I write fantasy books. My latest is STRANGE THE DREAMER, about a young librarian, a mythic lost city, and the half-human children of murdered gods. Check it out :-) Before that I wrote the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy, which has been translated into 32 languages. It's about a blue-haired art student raised by monsters, a broken angel, and a war that has raged for 1000 years in another world. I also wrote LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES, which was a National Book Award finalist, and the DREAMDARK books. As well as various short stories and novellas.

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Laini Taylor Hi Cristina! I struggle hugely with perfectionism, and it made me stop writing for YEARS. I just never could break through it, and just rewrote the sa…moreHi Cristina! I struggle hugely with perfectionism, and it made me stop writing for YEARS. I just never could break through it, and just rewrote the same page or chapter, plus I hadn't figured out how to figure out "what happens next." It's HARD. Finally though this desperate yearning to just do it built up in me and I committed to finishing a novel. The important thing for me is that I can't listen to the advice you hear so much: "Write a fast first draft and make it better." This doesn't work with the brain I have. I've learned by now that I have to let myself edit as I go, and I don't move on from one chapter to the next until i love it and it feels right. It's slow, but I can manage it. It's always hard though (*almost* always, there are rare periods of flow). Anyway, how many years until I wrote something I was proud of? I don't know. I've always loved language, and I'm sure I wrote paragraphs and sentences I was proud of, but I didn't finish anything or ever get very far in, so that wasn't much use! My advice is to develop a habit of completion, even if you're writing short pieces first, to get used to finishing things, to having a beginning, middle, and end, so that you know you can do it. If you need to revise a lot to make it better, do it. Just do whatever needs to be done. I wasted a lot of time wishing it were easier. It isn't (for me at least!), so now I just try to do the work instead :-) GOOD LUCK!!!(less)
Laini Taylor Hi Tigress :-)
I do hope to get back to the DoSaB world one day and catch up with those characters, possibly write about the next war and the godstars …more
Hi Tigress :-)
I do hope to get back to the DoSaB world one day and catch up with those characters, possibly write about the next war and the godstars and how it all plays out. I'd also love to write more stories and novellas, like Night of Cake & Puppets. I'd especially like to write Mik & Zuzana's wedding and see what everyone is up to!
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New year, new decade, new thoughts and plans, it seemed a new blog was in order. Please come visit me in my new home, where things are bigger and brighter, still in the works, and with room to grow. I'm loving it there!

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“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”
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“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”
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Miranda Hey I'm a big fan. I got addicted with Lips Touch and just finished the second Dreamdark book. I just thought I'd pop over and BEG for another one? Soon? Please?
:) Thanks

Rebecca hi! i looooooooooooooooooooove your books!!! your such a great author! i was wondering if you would read the stuff i wrote please? it would be really great to get feedback from a published author!
thanks! your goodreads friend and and fan, rebecca

Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

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Erin I see you're so busy reading up the Cybils books....hope you're having a blast with it. :) I can't wait to see the shortlists you guys come up with!

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