YALLFest Interview with Melissa de la Cruz

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
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Up today is Melissa de la Cruz, another New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, who has written a bunch of acclaimed books for both teens and adults. Melissa grew up in Manila before moving to San Francisco for high school and now lives in LA. Her latest book is Frozen: Heart of Dread, the first of a trilogy set in a dystopian world blanketed in ice. But Melissa’s exciting news is that her book Witches of East End has been turned into a television series by Lifetime and will be premiering this Sunday (Oct 6th) at 10pm, so tune in for witchy fun!
Melissa de la Cruz Frozen
And now for the Q&A with Melissa:
 
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. :-) 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 do 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!
 
You can learn more about Melissa at her website, on her blog, on facebook, and on twitter.  
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Melissa’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Previous interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia

Comments

Medeia Sharif's picture

Fascinating interview. I have several of Melissa's book on my shelf and the latest looks interesting.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

I haven't had a chance to read any yet, but I'm hoping to read at least one before YALLFest.

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