We caught up with Melissa De La Cruz for a bookish conversation on her new book, her creative process, and what drew her to writing in the Young Adult Genre. Keep reading for our whole conversation.
M: Very satisfying to see it all come together! It was close to the ending I had envisioned, but I had to make a few changes as the story developed.
M: It was a lot of fun to write and natural to my voice, I think I can easily tap into how I felt as a teenager, those emotions never left me and I have a deep empathy for kids that age. It’s a lot of fun never growing up!
M: I don’t really have a favorite, I like everything I do. I would love to write a memoir one day. I love reading memoirs – espeically humorous ones or cooking ones. So I would love to write a funny cooking memoir – although I barely cook! So It would be a not-cooking funny memoir.
M: Writing is easy. Publishing is difficult, all the things that surround a career in writing – the pressure, the deadlines, don’t have anything to do with the writing itself. Writing is an escape and a pleasure – if you’re not enjoying writing, why be a writer? It’s so much fun. I love it. I don’t think of it as work, I get paid to dream.
M: Being open and interested in people and the world. That’s the main thing. Having a life, not just a fictional one. Experiences are key. While imagination is important, I think the best books are truly about what life is really like emotionally. You can imagine a fantasy world but the characters and their emotions have to be rooted in reality, otherwise, why read something that has no relevance to the way the world truly is?
M: Honestly, just get it done. Don’t get up from your desk until it’s done. You’re going to have to sacrifice part of your life to be a writer. I don’t watch much television. If I do, it’s what I call brain-dead TV lol, something to just totally relax and unwind and not think. Your social life also will be sacrificed, I’ve had to turn down things in order to get the work done. No, I can’t come to lunch, no, I can’t go on vacation, no I can’t go out for drinks. So for me, my family and my work at the priority. Everything else in cancelable.
M: My first published essay was in the New York Press.
M: I love re-reading Lord of the Rings and Dune. I re-read those a lot.
M: Right now I’m reading Winterhaven by Kristin Cashore, I’m a huge Graceling fan. The Queen’s Secret duology was inspired by Graceling.
M: My life is an open book! I share my life online a lot, so I’m not sure what people wouldn’t know about me. I’m a terrible driver and learned to drive at 35 because I was a New Yorker who moved to Los Angeles. I still can’t parallel park.
M: Don’t give up. Keep knocking on that door till it opens!
M: I have been very productive in quarantine, including working on projects I’ve put to the side due to not having enough time. Right now I’m working on the Blue Bloods TV show and trying to make that happen. My agent has been pushing me to do it for years and I finally have the time to focus on it.
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Melissa de la Cruz
The thrilling, perilous race to the trident pits old friends-and current enemies-against each other with the future of Auradon on the line. Both teams might like to make waves, but only one will come out on top of this one.
Deep beneath the waves, King Triton's powerful trident has passed through the magical barrier that surrounds the Isle of the Lost-keeping villains in and magic out. And when Mal's longtime rival Uma, daughter of Ursula, gets wind of this, she can't believe her luck. The tide has dragged in something good for a change, and Uma is determined to get her wicked hands on it. But first, she needs a pirate crew.
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Melissa de la Cruz, Margaret Stohl
1869, Concord, Massachusetts: After the publication of her first novel, Jo March is shocked to discover her book of scribbles has become a bestseller, and her publisher and fans demand a sequel. While pressured into coming up with a story, she goes to New York with her dear friend Laurie for a week of inspiration—museums, operas, and even a once-in-a-lifetime reading by Charles Dickens himself!
But Laurie has romance on his mind, and despite her growing feelings, Jo’s desire to remain independent leads her to turn down his heartfelt marriage proposal and sends the poor boy off to college heartbroken. When Laurie returns to Concord with a sophisticated new girlfriend, will Jo finally communicate her true heart’s desire or lose the love of her life forever?
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Melissa de la Cruz
A New York Times Bestseller!
The thrilling romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler continues in the sizzling sequel to the New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story
1781. Albany, New York.
As the war for American independence rages on, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler begin their new life as a married couple. Still, Alex is as determined as ever to prove his mettle and secure his legacy . . . even if that means leaving his beloved Eliza behind to join the front lines at the Battle of Yorktown. But when the war unexpectedly arrives on Eliza's doorstep, she must fight for a better future--for their fledgling country and for her marriage.
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Melissa de la Cruz
1777. Albany, New York.
As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival those of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.
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Melissa de La Cruz
A New York Times and Indie Bestseller—now in paperback!
Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.
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Melissa de la Cruz
From #1 bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz comes the heart-pounding follow-up to The Queen's Assassin.
Lilac's birthright makes her the Queen of Renovia, and a forced marriage made her the Queen of Montrice. But being a ruler does not mean making the rules. For Lilac, taking the throne means giving up the opportunity to be with the love of her life, the kingdom's assassin, Caledon Holt.
Ge The Queen's Secret: The Queen's Assassin, Book 2, Export Edition (Paperback) by Melissa de la Cruz and other young adult books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines
Get The Queen's Secret: The Queen's Assassin, Book 2, Export Edition (Paperback) by Melissa de la Cruz and other science fiction & fantasy books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
Melissa de la Cruz
In this extended edition of #1 New York Times best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz's dazzling tale of glamour, enchantment, and betrayal, love is risked and lives are lost in a desperate battle to save the kingdom from a devious foe determined to control the empire.
Once, they were inseparable, just two little girls playing games in a formidable castle. Now Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a bastard mage, face vastly different futures.
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