Today, we are excited to share with you an interview with Melissa de la Cruz, author of Frozen. Melissa de la Cruz will be one of the many fabulous authors attending YallFest in Charleston, SC on November 9th!
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
Fear. Sometimes rage. I find that to truly focus I need to feel panic, and then suddenly everything in my manuscript becomes clear. I work best under duress, which is something my editors have learned and they’re quite good at instilling fear in me. J I appreciate that! I also work well with many distractions, I think it’s because I had a day job for nine years and had to write my books in the middle of doing my real work.
Describe your book in 5 words:
Post-apocalyptic. Zombie. Dragon. Pirate. Fantasy.
What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?
The first, definitely.
Best writing tip you ever received?
To introduce the love interest in the first 30 pages, not that specifically but learning that there was CRAFTING involved in writing a novel, not just voice.
What one young adult novel you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
Harry Potter. Because! I don’t think I have to explain.
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
1. I was a child model.
2. My favorite One Direction guy was Harry, but now it is Louis.
3. I have a Maltese named Mimi. She is not named for Mimi Force, our kid named her.
4. I learned to drive at 34.
5. I like savory treats better than sweet.
Where’s your favorite place to write?
In a cubicle, surrounded by softly ringing phones and people murmuring. Sadly this is no longer possible for me.
What are you working on now?
My new series THE RING AND THE CROWN coming next spring from Disney-Hyperion.
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
YA Fantasy and Paranormal. My favorite genre to read is “literary” fiction, but I would have to say I really enjoy bestsellers just as much, I like popular fiction, no matter what genre, I like to read what a lot of people are reading and take the pulse of the culture. But for my own taste, I love smart angry women writers like Lionel Shriver and Kate Christensen. Also cookbook memoirs.
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
When we’ve sold it!
Frozen was released September 17th and is available in stores everywhere.
About the author:
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including the Blue Bloods series and the Witches of East Ends series.Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).
Melissa lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her family.