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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Interview with Melissa de la Cruz, Author of the Blue Bloods Series

Today I'm thrilled to welcome Melissa de la Cruz! Melissa stopped by to talk about The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, Book 4) which releases October 6th 2009.

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

The third book in the Blue Bloods series, Revelations, left us reeling from all the delicious plot twists and turns-- startling secrets revealed about Bliss, a gory battle in Rio de Janeiro, and of course Schuyler’s painful struggle between duty, passion, love and freedom. Whew! Can you give us a little teaser for the exciting fourth installment, The Van Alen Legacy?

In Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler is a fugitive from justice-the Conclave doesn't believe her version of the events in Rio, so she and Oliver are on the run. They've been running for year, and they're tired and overwhelmed, and they decide they have to seek a safe haven in the European Conclave, by crashing the last grand Bal de Vampires at the Hotel Lambert. Meanwhile, Mimi is tracking down Silver Bloods with Kingsley Martin, and Bliss is trying to fight her most dangerous enemy--herself. It's a big, fun, roller coaster ride of emotion and action!

Do you have a clear outline for how you want the Blue Bloods series to turn out, or are you letting the creative muse guide you as you tackle each new book?

I have a pretty clear outline, I always had a big idea back then of where I wanted to go with this series. I am a huge fan of big fantasy epics, and part of the inspiration came from reading Stephen King's Dark Tower books, which I love. But I did feel a bit let down by the end, which leaves the story unresolved. I swore that if I ever had a chance to write a big fantasy epic, I would know exactly how it ends and would build up to it. So that's what I'm trying to do. Whenever I do a new book I sketch a little more into the outlines for the books that come after. So I know where I'm headed. All that being said, each book is an adventure for me because even though I know where the story is going, I don't always know HOW I'm going to get there.

What type of feedback do you get from fans of your books? Is there an overwhelming consensus as to whether Schuyler should end up with Ollie or Jack?

From what I can garner, they seem fine for either one, although there are very vocal proponents of either camp. The fan feedback has been amazing - I am humbled and flattered by their devotion to the story, and I love meting my readers. It's like meeting me when I was younger, except they are much, much cooler.

The beautiful cover for the Van Alen Legacy has caused a lot of speculation with the Eifel Tower in the background and the veiled bride who may or may not be Mimi. Is there any insight into the cover that you are able to offer at this point?

Well I can say some of the story is set in Paris. Hee! I think I'll keep the mystery for a while longer as to who the bride is supposed to be.

From the diverse group of girls who work as Nannies in the Au Pairs, to the New York City teens who with a secret heritage in Blue Bloods, you’ve written a number of successful series for middle grade and young adult fiction. Out of all of them, is there one in particular that has been your favorite to write? And within that series, is there a character you have always felt especially connected to?

I don't think it's a surprise that Blue Bloods is by far my favorite series to write. I feel like I was *made* to write it, that every book I'd ever read and every class I'd ever taken and everyone I've ever met has in some way contributed to the story. Duchesne is very much based on my high school experience, Oliver was based on my best friend in college, and all the art history and the fabulous settings came from my education (I was an art history major) and my former life as a journalist in New York covering the glittery social scene. Mimi has always been my favorite character to write, I love giving her the bitchy lines. But I feel connected to all of them--I feel a huge sympathy for Bliss since she has such a huge burden, and I feel so protective of Schuyler, she is the character who was most like me in high school, the isolation and the alienation. I love Jack, I adore Oliver, I am so fond of Dylan--what can I say? I love them all!

What is the biggest surprise you’ve experienced since becoming a published author?

Interesting question. I don't know if I've come against many surprises - I always expected I would be an author, I worked really hard to get where I am, I know it was certainly the biggest RELIEF when I got that first call saying a publisher wanted to buy my book. I was 27, and a computer consultant, and I had written two novels and one non-fiction proposal that didn't sell and I really felt like time was running out for me. I almost gave up, I was so bitter. But then, I found an agent who loved my third novel and she found a publisher to buy it. From then, I felt like with that one YES I could go on to do much more.

Can you describe to us what a typical writing day is like for you and how you manage to find balance with writing and having a family?

I write during the day when my daughter is in school, I usually keep to a 9-5 schedule although the real writing usually happens between 10-1. After lunch, it's hard to get back into it. So sometimes lunch is at 2pm or 3pm. That's if the deadline still looms far away. If the deadline is within sight - like a month away, I usually try to bang out at least 2000 words a day, in a month that means the goal is to get to a draft of about 60,000 words. But the real work comes in the re-writing, and that's when the heavy thinking comes in. Usually I do disappear from my friends' lives for about three months when I write a book and disappear from my family's life for a month before deadline. It's hard on everyone, including me, but that's the way it goes. What I try to do is not work on the weekends so we have intense family time, and during the weeks when I'm not writing, I usually try to take a month off between books now that my schedule allows it, that month is filled with lots of Mommy time.

What were you like as a teen and do you pull from your own experiences when writing your books?

I was awkward and shy and also very goofy. One of my dear friends said at heart, I am most like Garth from Wayne's World. You have to get to know me pretty well for me to be Garth around you. But I am Garth. I'm kind of the goofy sidekick. When I was a teen I went through my punk rock phase with pink hair, my goth phase with my white Japanese face paint and my super preppie phase which meant I bought all my clothes from the Gap instead of from thriftstores. And then I had a bad perm. Oof. I went to this all-girls private school which I loathed but have come to appreciate at least for all the material and the education I got from there.

On your website it states that we can expect possibly ten books all together in the Blue Bloods series, with a spinoff being introduced in The Van Alen Legacy entitled Wolf Pact. Can you tell us more about Wolf Pact and any other upcoming projects?

Yup, I am shooting for ten Blue Bloods books, and I have a vague idea of how many Wolf Pact books there will be. And I do have a lot of new projects but I can't reveal them yet, but stay tuned I think we will be able to make an announcement in a month or so.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thanks for the fun interview! And I hope you enjoy Van Alen Legacy. Let me know what you think!


Melissa said...

Great interview! I had no idea that there are going to be 10 books in the Blue Blood series. WOW!

I would love a chance to win this book.


Also posted a link to contest on side bar.


Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

YES!!! I love this series so I'm excited that it's going to be 10 books long...with a spinoff!!! Woohoo! And BTW I'm team Oliver all the way LOL! Please enter me!!!

+1 I tweeted

XOXO~ Renee

Erica said...

10 Blue Bloods books would be awesome!!

:) Erica

Ellz said...

Wow, I have been waiting for this for so long, I can't believe it is almost time! Please enter me

Ellz said...

I posted your giveaway on my contest sidebar @


I ♥ Book Gossip said...

Great interview.
My question is how many books are in this series?

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Gina said...

Great interview! I love the personal aspects of her writing career that were shared...it gives hope to those still trying to get that first novel out!

Off to retweet contest (@GRgenius) and post on my sidebar contest roll (http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com)



Jenn said...

Totally awesome interview. I am so very much looking forward to the Van Alen Leg and seeing where the series and the characters go next.

In all honesty I am sitting in utter anticipation for the next book!

Lilixtreme said...

10 books! I did not know that! I should really do more research about the series' that I love!

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Sita said...

I'm excited for this book!!!

+1 Bonus Entry: RT (vampiresita is my tweet nickname)


Sara said...

Whoa! 10 Blue Bloods books? Plus a new series!? I guess I don't have to worry about leaving the world of Blue Bloods any time soon... :)

I love epic fantasy as well and people don't talk about it enough!

I'd love to be entered for this contest.

+1 linked to sidebar @ http://thehidingspot.blogspot.com


Orchid said...

10 books!! I'm so excited. The Blue Bloods series is like my favorite vampire series right now. Awesome interview and contest. :)
Plese enter me.

hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot ) com

Misty said...

10 books. 10 books? And a spin-off. I am a little out of the loop. That's overwhelming. Not sure how I feel about that. I am curious to see what the Van Alen legacy holds, though.

~Misty (mbradenwf@gmail.com)

Anonymous said...

Great Interview. This is a new to me author (reading) although I have heard of Melissa before I have yet to try her books. Now after reading I have def. added to my TBR list!!!


Jessica B said...

10 books?! Woo-hoo! I just hope it doesn't drag...nah, of course not. This is too much of an awesome series to be dragged out.

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AnAddictedBookReader said...

Wow very awesome review. I love the Blue Bloods series, and I can't believe there could be ten books in the series plus a another series related to Blue Bloods! I would LOVE to win this!!

Beth said...

Great interview. I love that she based Oliver on her friend from college.
Please enter me.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Cailin said...

I'm so glad there's still going to be around 6 books left! I love the characters too much, and I really don't want the series to end. =')

Thanks so much for the interview and the contest. The interview was really interesting~ The Van Alen Legacy sounds great!


cait045 said...

I can't wait to continue reading Melissa's series. Awesome interview.

Tweeted @cait045


Josie Baker said...

I love these books! Can't wait to read this one and the rest of the books that she is planning to write! So, excited there is going to be 10!

Posted on Twitter:


Unknown said...

Thanks for this amazing interview! Blue Bloods is one of my favorite series.

Please enter me in the contest.

+1 added to sidebar


Linna said...

In fact I haven't read any book of this series, but I'm intrigued to read them after reading this interview.

linna.hsu at gmail dot com

Literary Deviant said...

awesome interview, she's a very talented author. I look forward to the rest of her installments.


it will be on my blog as well

Hope I win!

Jessy said...

I'm so glad to hear there will be 10 books in the series. It also sounds like she wants to give us an ending with full closure. Please enter me in the contest, I'm so excited to read this
findjessyhere at gmail dot com

Katie said...

Great interview! I like series with lots of books because it gives me lots of time with the characters.


jpetroroy said...

Great interview! Please enter me!


holdenj said...

What a great interview! I have to say, I think there were a lot of bad perms in the 80's, so no worries! I'm glad you stuck with it, 27 would have been too young to stop trying, you seem to have a lot of stories in you!
Thanks for the chance to win the new book!

Sarah said...

Ooh, thanks for the interview, Kim!!! Melissa is my favorite author at the moment. I love the Blue Bloods series. Her writing scheduale is so intense, but it's definitely worth it in the end. I'm happy that we get to see Mimi and Kingsley search for Silver Bloods. (He's my favorite character) And I thought it was really cool that she bases Duchesne partly off her educational expierence. I can't wait for The Van Alen Legacy to be released! And thanks for hosting this contest for it! :)

And I posted the contest at my sidebar, here:

Thanks so much for hosting Melissa!!

two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

dancealertreads.blogspot.com said...

I was surprised that she was planning so many books in the Blue Blood series!

dancealert at aol dot com

dancealertreads.blogspot.com said...

I shared this contest on facebook!

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Sab H. said...

I think it is Mimi! Though I really hope they DONT get married!! I love this series! Great Interview!

+1 Tweeted!! @SabriHorande


Chloe said...

Great interview! I had no clue there were going to be 10 books in the series, but that's awesome ;D Haha. Thanks for the contest!


Ali C. said...

Awesome interview!! I love the series and Melissa too!!! I'm so excited its almost time to have this next installment!!! ;D


Anonymous said...

Love the interview! Her interviews are always the best - like she sounds like shes actually enjoying you asking questions and doesn't do it because she has too.

Anonymous said...

I'm soooooo excited about the Van Alen Legacy! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to know what happens! I'm also very excited because Melissa De La Cruz will be coming to a city near where I leave (about 1hr away) for her book tour and I will be able to meet her!

I posted a link on my facebook profile http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/Emma.M.Juarez?ref=profile


Again, thanks for the great interview :-)

Gabriella Rodriguez said...

I love reading interviews from Melissa because she alays gives a little taste but not the whole meal. I can't wait to read The Van Legacy. I had no idea that there was going to be 10 books in the series. I guess it gives me more to be execited about. My email address is


Thanks so much for doing the interview. ;)

Miss Haley said...

I follow you, and i posted this contest on my blog: http://haleymathiot.blogspot.com/2009/09/today-giveaways.html
and tweeted at twitter.com/haleymathiot

haleymathiot at yahoo dot com

Rhiannon said...

Thanks for the great interview! I loved the extra tidbits regarding Van Alen Legacy, and am most eager to know more about her upcoming projects. That aside, I'm all for Jack and Mimi.

Erin said...

I love this series. I was a little late in picking it up (since I just finished Revelations), but I am totally hooked now. I have been reading everything that Melissa has been putting out there about the book. I especially love her little sneaks on twitter. Anyway, thanks for the great interview!

Tina said...

I can't wait to read this. I probably should re-read Revelations, there is so much I'm forgetting. This was a good interview. I didn't know Melissa wrote adults books too. I'll have to check those out as well.

I tweeted http://twitter.com/celestinacarmen/status/4316859328

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

The cover of this book is gorgeous! I haven't read any of the books in this series yet, although I have the first 2. My sister has been keeping them hostage. She's been begging me to get book 3 for her, just haven't had the money yet, lol.

My sister will be happy to learn that there will be 10 books in this series...and a spin-off series too..cool! You did a great job with the interview.

Enter me please, so she'll have to ready, lol.


I also retweeted this for you :)

Retweeted Here

Trista said...

This was a great interview! I'm so happy there are going to be 10 books! Please enter me in the contest. :)


Diana said...

OMGoossshh! TEN BOOKS? WOW!- Thank you Mrs. De La Cruz, for having mercy on your fellow readers :)

Thank you sooo much Melissa (&Kim) for doing this interview. Please enter me-



Megan said...

Wow 10 Books! That's amazing! Great interview, very interesting. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks for the chance to win!


Amanda said...

GREAT INTERVIEW! I'm so excited to read that there might be TEN books in the Blue Bloods Series! :)

Vanesa said...

what a great interview...I had the opportunity to meet her during a signing event and is trully one of my favorites! I would love!! to get a copy of The Van Alen Legacy!! and the release day just two days before my birthday! This will be pretty awesome!

+1 Tweeted (vanesa_)


Chuchi said...

I wish i get one :) haha i love this series so much and i hope i get the free book :) i will always be a bluebloodnovel supporter., p.s melissa., ur from manila? me too :)

Katie said...

Great interview and contest! I can't wait to read this. I love the Blue Bloods series.

+1 posted a link on my blog sidebar


Fantastic Book Review said...

I love this series and I'm so glad we have so much to look forward to with future installments.


throuthehaze said...

Great interview! I have never read this series but it sounds good.

Andrea said...

Great interview! I love this series and would love a chance to read this newest book!

And I blogged about the contest here.


donnas said...

Great interview. You had some really good questions. And I am glad the series isnt ending quite yet.

Posted on the sidebar here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/

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Test said...

That's awesome that there's going to be 10 Blue Blood books! Also, The Wolf Pact looks great. =)

~ Lauren

Emily said...

Woo hoo! I love book series :)
I've only read Blue Bloods - but I can't wait to continue one...10 books? Sounds good to me!
Please enter me!

Ashley said...

I'm so excited to hear there will be 10 books in the series. Blue Bloods is one of my favorite vampire series.

Linked on my sidebar


Unknown said...

I was awkward and shy as a teen too.


Unknown said...



YA Book Queen said...

Oh, how aweseome!

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Mel B said...

I love the Blue Blood Series! I have also read all of your other books Melissa.
you are such a talented lady but you don't need me to tell you that!
Your books inspired me to take a creative writing course which I passed and am now taking a further course in creative writing.
I can't wait to read The Van Alen Legacy (And the rest of the collection).
From a huge UK Fan, Melanie :)

jeanette8042 said...

I can't wait to read the van alen legacy to find out hwat happens, but i can't believe there are still going to be about 10 more books!

Dahlia (TheBookShopaholic) said...



+1 For linking about this post

Natalie said...

I'm so excited for the release of this book! I really enjoyed the first three!

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Ladytink_534 said...

I'd love a chance to read this! Especially now that I know she was inspired by King's Dark Tower books

Jordan Perryman said...

That was a great interview! I have read all of the books and cant wait to read this one!


Jordan Perryman said...

Posted in sidebar



Bella F. said...

wolf pact! whoa, i was not expecting that at all, but i'm excited to see where it all goes!

+1 following

~Isabella F.

Van Pham said...

Love the interview, i cant believe there is gonna 10 blue blood books and a spin off series. Can't wait to read book 4 tomorrow :)


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Sarah Sy said...

This is interview is so informative! I love the BLUE BLOOD SERIES (this is the book that really caught my attention among the other books by Melissa)although I have to admit I haven't read yet other books. And I'm happy to know that Melissa felt that she is made to write the BLUE BLOOD SERIES because I think I'm also destined to read it. :)

Sarah Sy said...

posted a link to my site at FACEBOOK. :)


niki nicole said...

Please enter me! I love these books!

Ashley said...

Please enter me in your giveaway, thanks! booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

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Bezzy said...

Oh My god... There's gona be 10 books?!?!?! That is very intresting... I have been reading the Blue Bloods Series since it came out and i have to say it is one of my favorite books ever... i have read it so many times it's not even funny.... It would mean a lot to me if I personally win this book.... I have been anticipating the day it comes out forever and am super excited to read it...I would love to win this book and by the way keep up the good work.

The details and twists in these books no one whould have expected and you are doing a superb job. Keep it up Melissa....8 )

CallMeKayla said...

Yay! I've been waiting for the newest book to come out!! I love Skyler! She is so awesome, and I love the concept De Cruz came up with!!


Froggy said...

wow, a new series!! Can't wait to read more about it!!

I linked this on my sidebar too

A Blog with Bite!

sarah said...

this author has long been on my to-read list. all in!

Bookie00 said...

Readers, readers everywhere,which to choose, Which to spare?
Come together one and all, books on shelves, too many to call.
Bibliophile, bibliophile, which to choose? Only one to win others to loose.

Pick Me! Homefri794@aol.com
lol, I know, its cheesy

Dani. said...

Ahhhhhhh, do you know how long I've been waiting for this book? Too long!
Since like December of '08, and it has been at the top of my Goodreads to-read list since. :)


Lindsay Frost said...

I would LOVE to win this!!
Thankyou!! :D:D:D



Unknown said...

Please chose me to win this! my life would be complete!! Your books are amazing!!


I ♥ Book Gossip said...

I love this interview. Please count me in.

+1 blogged

Alex said...

I can't believe there are going to be ten books. that is sooo awesome. this could be one of my favorite book series and i can't wait for he fifth one to come out.

Tena said...

10 books, wow! That is awesome. I love when I find a series that has get up and go like this one


Tena said...

tweet tweet tweet



P.S. I love the retweet buttons, makes things so easy


Wow 10 books! Great interview. I have just picked up the rest of the series.. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Linda~ Lifkdasux at aol dot com


Ohhh I love the RT button! I have just tweeted your contest .. easy peesy!


Wicked Walker said...

I love that she already has an ending in mind, that makes me feel better that she has a concrete direction and hopefully it won't end as one of those books at just leave you hanging.

I haven't read this one yet, but I have read the other 3 and loved them.

I will retweet the contest (raycee3).

stacy.walker03 AT yahoo DOT com

heatherzilla said...

Great interview and I am looking forward to reading the book, but can I say how much I LOVED the Garth reference. (As embarrassing as it is to admit, my brother and I totally did Wayne's World skits ALL the time when we were teenagers). I love reading things like this about authors.

Please include me in the giveaway.

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Sandy said...

I need to get on this series, lol. And I think it's cool how she went through her teenage phases. It proves that super-cool authors are normal too ;D

linked the contest to my (shocker!) sidebar.


Unknown said...

OMG....Love this series, so of course enter me!

I've been waiting patiently for this book to come out. I would love the opportunity to win.

I've posted on my sidebar at http://myblog2point0.blogspot.com/

Thanks for another great giveaway!!

Dottie :)

Mandy said...

10 books? Thats exiciting. Hopefully it doesn't start to get boring in the last few (which I doubt it will)

This book looks amazing, I love the series! =)

Please enter me.


Amy said...

would love to win :)

Mommy Metropolis said...

Amazing interview. I love these books and I can't wait to read The Van Alen Legacy!

I am a follower.
I have this on my side bar under contests. (http://theultimatedumpees.blogspot.com/)
And I Tweeted it. (http://twitter.com/UltimateDumpees/statuses/4985045845) and (http://twitter.com/brttmclv/statuses/4985045851)

-Brittany (brttmclv@aol.com)

CherylS22 said...

I've never read any of the Blue Bloods series but this interview has peaked my interest. I'd love to have a chance to win this book - please count me in!

Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

~The Book Pixie said...

10 books for the series! Darn. lol. That is a lot. I can't wait to hear more about Wolf Pact. Great interview and giveaway.

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niki nicole said...

Enter me please!

niki nicole said...

Enter me please!

Nancye said...

This looks like an awesome book! I would LOVE to win!

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Nancye said...

Tweet! Tweet!


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Paradox said...

10 books in the series! 0.0

I guess it will be a while before I get to see how it ends...

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Dahlia (TheBookShopaholic) said...

It's interesting, to get to know the authors. She's one of my favorites.

Enter Me!

ColleenFL said...

Great interview! My favorite part was where she said she was aiming for TEN Blue Bloods books! w00t!
I love this series.

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Hailey Miller said...

AWESOME!!! I had no flippin idea that Melissa was aiming for 10 books!!!! The only book series I can recall reading that had ten books in it is A Series of Unfortunate Events. This sounds like an amazing book!!! Please enter me.

+1 Posted about this contest with a link on my sidebar at


L said...

OMG! This just made my day. 10!! more books in the Blue Bloods Series?!?!? I can't wait!

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