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YALL Fest Author Interview: Melissa de la Cruz

Hi there!

Want to know where you can see 50 totally awesome YA authors in one place?

At YALL Fest in Charleston, SC on Saturday November 9th! I’ll be there to see authors like Shannon Hale, Rae Carson, Kami Garcia, Heather Brewer and a bunch more including the star of today’s author interview, Melissa de la Cruz!

Melissa de la CruzMelissa de la Cruz is the author of the Blue Bloods series, The Witches of East End and a ton of other books that I didn’t know were written by her (seriously check out her goodreads page!) Additionally, a TV adaptation of her book The Witches of East End debuts Sunday on Lifetime…pretty stinkin’ cool!

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!

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Yay! Melissa de la Cruz is a One Direction fan! I just went on an overnight field trip with 47 6th grade girls and we spent a surprising (or maybe not so surprising) about of cabin time paging through teen magazines and discussing the attractive merits of each member of the group. I think my favorite is Liam. I am also 30.

Well, if you’re a fan of Melissa de la Cruz you should come to YALL Fest and see her! I’ll be there with my copy of Blue Bloods ready to be signed!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Just Had to Buy, but Are Still Sitting Unread on My Shelf

Well hello there friends!

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday (which is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish)!

You know that feeling when you enter a book store and you just have to buy all the books? Okay, well maybe not ALL the books, but you must absolutely no questions asked by some books? Yes, I knew you would understand. It’s such an overwhelming feeling of book lust that it cannot be denied. So, you purchase said books. You place them on your shelf all pretty-like and you can’t wait to read them. Then suddenly, months go buy and you realize you still haven’t read the books you just HAD to HAVE!

Let’s take a peek at the list of some books on my shelf that I HAD to buy, but still have yet to read.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver

The Vespertine by Saundra MitchellThe Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Winter Town by Stephen EmondWintertown by Stephen Emond

Bluebloods by Melissa de la CruzBluebloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle ZinkProphecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Dead City by James PontiDead City by James Ponti

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffertySloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacCollPrisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl

I know! I know! How could I abandon these books to a life of loneliness on my book shelves? I don’t know! I’m obviously the worst book lover of all kinds! But let’s just say I was going to read them…which would you recommend I save first?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’d Like to Start but Just Haven’t Yet

Hey there everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the lovelies at The Broke and Bookish. Each week they post a theme for us to create a list to. This lweek’s official theme is Series I’d Like to Start but Haven’t Yet.

I have no idea why I haven’t started reading any of the following series yet, especially because I have heard nothing but good things about them! But for whatever reason I just haven’t gotten around to them yet (and I even own some of them!). So, let’s see which series I am regretfully missing out on.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa1. Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

Delirium by Lauren Oliver2. Delirium series by Lauren Oliver

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand3. Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter4. The Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter

Shatter My by Tahereh Mafi5. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Gone by Michael Grant6. Gone series by Michael Grant

Bluebloods by Melissa de la Cruz7. Bluebloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Firelight by Sophie Jordan8. Firelight series by Sophie Jordan

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan9. The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson10. The Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson

Okay, which of these do I need to make sure I read right away? Let me know! :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Current To-Be-Read Stack

Hi there!

Happy Tuesday and Merry Christmas! I am currently in the Jacksonville area celebrating the holiday with my in-laws and my parents! I hope you are enjoying the holiday season with friends and family as well!

Since it’s Tuesday I’m participating, as usual, in the Broke and Bookish’s weekly Top Ten Tuesday. This week the official theme is a freebie so I decided to share a little about the books that have made it on my current To-Be-Read list!To Be Read

1. Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

2. Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart

3. Everlost by Neal Shusterman (audiobook)

4. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

5. Firelight by Sophie Jordan

6. Dead City by James Ponti

7. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

8. A Whole Lot of Lucky by Danette Haworth

9. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

10. Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have tons of other books I haven’t yet read sitting on my shelves (TONS!).  These are just the books that have recently been calling out to me!

I plan on getting some of these at least started during the two weeks I have off for the Winter Break. I’ve been craving some serious reading time! Have you read any of these? Any that should be made a priority? What titles are in your current to-be-read stack?

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In My Mailbox (4)

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This week the books I’m showcasing did not come in my mailbox. I bought them from
an awesome new and used bookstore in Jacksonville, called Chamblins. Anyway, these titles, which it seems everyone but me had read were half off the cover price, so I yoinked them!
On the left we have Bluebloods by Melissa De La Cruz.
On the right we have Gone by Michael
Grant. Both are first books in series, so that’s exciting too!

As always, you’ll know when I read them!