Laini Taylor grew up with her toes in many oceans and her nose in many books. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley and a non-graduate of the California College of the Arts, she has written three young adult fantasy books: Dreamdark: Blackbringer, Dreamdark: Silksinger, and Lips Touch: Three Times, the last of which was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. Her next book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, will be published in fall 2011. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine.