Glamour Book Club with Laini Taylor & Lauren Owen

On 30th April I had the privilege of attending Glamour Book Club, held in a very swanky private members club in London and featuring Laini Taylor and Lauren Owen!

If you’ve not heard of either of these lovely ladies before, then Laini Taylor is the author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy which comprises of Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight and Dreams of Gods & Monsters. Lauren Owen has just released her debut novel, The Quick.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor days of blood and starlight
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor The Quick by Lauren Owen

I was excited before attending the event, because not only was I going to meet some wonderful authors, but also some fellow bloggers! Asti from Oh, The Books!, Kristy from Book Nerd Reviews and Daphne from Winged Reviews were all going to be there. Me and my friend Emily got there first, and I recognised Asti and approached her in my awkward way, and she introduced me to Kristy. We then proceeded into the event and got our free cocktails (gin and tonic). Daphne turned up a bit later, and we hung around chatting for a while – next to the goodie bags, trying to work out what was in them… – before the event proper started.

Thoughts from Laini Taylor:

  • Laini said she was currently reading the Expanse series of books by James S.A. Corey, which I was happy to hear as I recently read and reviewed the first book, Leviathan Wakes.
  • She has a new series and new standalone planned. And some science fiction – eeek!
  • When asked about how she starts to write, Laini said she starts writing in the middle of the book and works from there.
  • We spoke a little about the film adaptation of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It hasn’t officially been given the green light yet, but Laini was off to meetings about it a few days after the event, so maybe we’ll hear more soon. She said she doesn’t think it would be fair to speak about her fantasy cast, mostly because no guy could ever live up to Akiva’s looks!
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone came about when Laini was avoiding writing her current book at the time: a book about ballerinas in space!
  • She said that you just have to make as much time as you can to write – and don’t procrastinate too much!
  • Apparently Laini hasn’t had a single negative fan experience. Let’s hope it remains that way!
Me, Asti & Kristy!
Look who I found! (l-r) Myself, Asti & Kristy. Daphne disappeared off somewhere when we snapped the photo! I’d been walking around London since 10am so was pretty exhausted and flustered…

Thoughts from Lauren Owen:

  • Lauren said she was currently reading The House of the Vampire by George Viereck. I’ve not heard of this one before, it’s a Victorian Gothic horror novel.
  • She’s currently writing a sequel to The Quick. This was actually her original idea for the book, but she sort of ended up working backwards.
  • Lauren won a prize for her dissertation, and her professor then referred her to an agent who approached her interested in her work.
  • She urged budding writers to go out and talk to people, and discuss their experiences.
  • Her favourite books include Little Women, Anne of Green Gables and Watership Down.
  • She has mostly stopped herself from reading reviews online as she finds the constantly changing viewpoints and criticisms confusing – if one person loves part of the book and another hates it, I guess you don’t know what to do either way!
  • She did a lot of research to prepare for her book, and admits that sometimes she got distracted by it.

After the talk, we got the chance to meet the authors and get stuff signed. It didn’t take too long, as it was a fairly intimate gathering, and I had my photo taken with Laini:

Me with Laini Taylor!

They were selling books there, and I didn’t really want to buy The Quick at the time because I’m not a hardback person at all. I’m going to wait for the paperback to come out, so I asked Lauren to also sign my copy of Daughter of Smoke & Bone (as I had nothing else for her to sign) and basically made a huge, flustered fool of myself, and did not explain in any eloquent manner that I WILL be buying her book once it’s out in paperback. I still feel embarrassed when I think of that moment. Ugh. I’M SO SORRY LAUREN.

Guys. I'm forever going to be awkward when it comes to meeting authors. How on earth do you keep your cool??
Guys. I’m forever going to be awkward when it comes to meeting authors. How on earth do you keep your cool??

And that was the end of a great night! Me and Emily had to go and catch our train home (I live a ninety minute train journey from London) so we couldn’t hang around for too long, especially as our route back to the station was made difficult by tube strikes. But it was a great evening, despite the embarrassment I caused myself – I got to meet some awesome bloggers and fantastic authors, and the goodie bag was most definitely worth the ticket price! It included three books (Angelfall by Susan Ee, Dracula by Bram Stoker and Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little), some great headphones that I’ve already used lots for gaming (I like to immerse myself), some Hotel Chocolat chocolates, a candle, nail polish and some other beauty samples. I would definitely be up for attending another Glamour Book Club event! The only downside was when me and Emily received one of the dirtiest looks ever from a member of staff at the club for no apparent reason… probably because we’re not paying members, all dressed up for dinner!


9 thoughts on “Glamour Book Club with Laini Taylor & Lauren Owen”

  1. Very, very cool! I would love to meet Laini Taylor! The whole signature thing is hard, I wouldn’t have necessarily bought her book either, but you feel guilty not having them sign anything! It’s very apparent who is more popular in that situation, which sucks. I’m really jazzed to hear Laini’s plans for another series, sci-fi no less!

    1. Exactly! And there was a big queue for Laini, and Lauren was just sort of sat there with people occasionally coming up :/ I felt bad.

  2. Ok, just my first thought – Oh wow, I didn’t realize the Daughter of Smoke and Bone books had such different UK covers!

    Second thought was that this sounds like such a great event – the place it was held, the free drinks and the swag, ALL with meeting two authors!? Unfair! πŸ˜€ I just finished The Quick so I think it’s extra cool that you met her – it’s an interesting read! I can definitely see why she was tapped to write so early on – she has a great way with words. And Laini sounds awesome as usual – I’m glad she has new projects in the planned!

    1. Yep, I much prefer our covers. I think the other ones, especially Dreams of Gods and Monsters, look kind of amateur-ish? :/

      Yep, it’s a really posh members club – we could see all these people sat outside having dinner when we were in the event. I’m reading The Quick at the moment, although it’s on hold for a bit as the release date isn’t til June (or that’s what Netgalley told me), so I’m getting through my library books first πŸ™‚

      I did spot your review, which I’ll check out after reading, as you mentioned possible spoilers! Although I may already be that far into the book…

  3. Did you take notes once you got home, or is this all literally just from your memory? If it’s all from your memory, I’m just blown away. The only thing I could probably tell you is that Laini Taylor is a perfectionist, her daughter is adorable, I loved how her husband’s tie matched her hair, and Lauren won some awards or something. lol. (I mean, obviously once I read your recap it all came back to me. But if I were sitting down to write about it myself I would have to rack my brain for a bit :P)

    It was so lovely to meet you there! I didn’t think you were awkward at all when getting my attention, if anything I was! I’m always surprised when people actually recognize me, though I guess my face is sort of everywhere online so it shouldn’t be too surprising. Hopefully I didn’t embarrass you too much with my slightly-buzzed ways πŸ˜‰ And don’t worry, I’m sure Lauren understood! I would think she rather sign a copy of Laini’s book and get to interact with people instead of sitting there by herself with no one. I always feel bad when that happens to authors ><

    Great recap πŸ™‚

    1. I made some notes on my phone on the train ride home, and also took a look at the Glamour Twitter feed for the event, which had some of the quotes. I would never have remembered all that for this long!

      Haha, good! πŸ˜€ I recognised you right away really – it was good we both got there when we did though, I can’t imagine how tricky it would’ve been trying to find each other after we actually went in and the event got busier! And no, you did not embarrass me… I embarrassed myself D:

      That’s what I thought (and hope she thought…) so… yeah. If I meet her again I’ll be like ‘LOOK I HAVE A COPY OF YOUR OWN BOOK PLEASE SIGN IT’. Or something.

  4. If it makes you feel any better, I would probably have a hard time NOT fangirling over every author I got to meet. I’m not a very smooth person sadly. It’s more than likely I would make a total fool out of myself.

    I haven’t been able to get Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy yet. I’m hoping that one day I’ll be able to rectify that because I constantly hear it’s amazing. And Angelfall too! So many good books. I’m a tad jelly πŸ˜›

    1. I’m fine when I’m in the queue, then when it’s me next I start getting all nervous and even if I DON’T say something stupid I feel it, and I also kind of feel really fake?? It’s a weird feeling, haha πŸ˜€ I also trip over words a LOT when I’m nervous and literally cannot form proper sentences so… yeah, embarrassing.

      Oh, I hope you can read it soon πŸ™‚

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