Post by Tirzah Price on Feb 26, 2008 16:09:51 GMT -5
Welcome to February's last Book of the Month feature. It's been loads of fun having Melissa de la Cruz with us throughout this month to talk about her latest release, The Ashleys. To top it all off, we've decided to arrange a chat!
Simply leave any questions that you may have for her (you have to register first, don't worry it's very easy). And on Thursday, she'll be hanging around to answer any and all of your questions!
Go ahead and start leaving them now, and be sure to chack back Thursday!
Post by norkyariana on Feb 27, 2008 17:52:34 GMT -5
Hey Melissa, 1.Is there going to be a sequel to Angels??? 2. Who are your favorite celebrities??? 3. What are your favorite movies? 4. Did you always want to be an author??? Your one of my all time favorite authors!!!
Yo.... Wow the Blue Bloods series has really inspired me! It's kinda funny I'm moving to NY and my mind is now reeling with the ideas of your story. Great job with your stories, I simply love them! These are my questions as a young writer: 1:How did you get the idea for the book? 2: What was your inspiration(for any of your books)? 3: How did you stay on that one subjet or story? (my mind thinks of other things sometimes when I write. Heh) Thank for your time ~Brittany
Heyy! I'm a hugehugehugehuge fan of Blood Bloods! I know your newest books The Ashleys are coming out, but I was wondering when the next book of the Blood Bloods is coming out?? Because I'm dying to know what happens!
I also have some questions for you...
1.) Okay. 1st, could you give me some adivce? I love writting...but the probably is that I believe I'm not really good at it...my goal is to one day write a book. What could I do to make my stories more interesting?
2.) How do you get your ideas for you stories and put them into a book that is so good and a nice read? If that makes sense?
3.) Is there any books you read to get your ideas from?
4.) Do you have a favorite author?? Mine's Anne Rice, her books are great!
Post by bookmuncher on Feb 27, 2008 22:28:55 GMT -5
my q's: 1. how do you name characters? 2. when did you first start writing or know you wanted to be a writer? 3. what is the worst story you think you have ever written (maybe when you were like in middle school...) 4. do you like dark chocolate (sorry, had to ask that)
I know you may not be able to answer these questions however I am still going to ask them just in case! I know you have probably been asked these questions a million times too. Sorry! Well here goes: Will Jack and Schuler ever officially get together? Or will Mimi and Jack be forever united? And what is going to happen to Oliver? I love Oliver please give him a happy ending! Will Schuler really have to go with the Forces? And last question have you read the Twilight series? Thanks so much for the Blue Blood series! It is not only great but it gave me something to read while I am waiting on the 4 book in the Twilight series! Thanks again Melissa!
Post by melissadelacruz on Feb 28, 2008 17:29:01 GMT -5
Hey guys! Thanks so much for stopping by - I'll be answering questions for the next hour.
What do you do when you're NOT writing? Do you have any other hobbies? -When I'm not writing, I am usually shopping, or having a massage, or taking my daughter to a myriad of classes--music, gym, mommy and me - and she's only 15 months! Her life is so much busier than mine. I'm also always reading--one of my favorite things to do is just get sucked into a good book.
If you could meet one author and get to know them for a day, who would it be and why? -I would love to hang out with Stephen King. He seems like such a cool guy, and he was my favorite writer when I was a teen. I felt less lonely reading his books--they really spoke to me.
What types of jobs have you had? (Or have currently, if you're not a full-time writer.) -This question reminds me of that song from Juno "Anyone Else But you" with the line that goes "You're a part-time lover and a full-time friend." Right now I write full-time, I've been a full-time writer for almost a decade now. I was a computer consultant for a long time, and I also worked in magazines when I left my corporate computer job. I was a magazine writer and editor.
Post by melissadelacruz on Feb 28, 2008 17:32:54 GMT -5
1.Is there going to be a sequel to Angels???
Yes! It is called "The Strip" and I am writing it now.
2. Who are your favorite celebrities???
Ooh. Good question. Hmm. Right now I really like Tori Spelling, I just read all about her in People and she seemed like such a genuine, and genuinely funny girl. I think not being able to inherit her dad's multi-millions was the best thing that happened to her. Although I also loved that she said her friends think wistfully of the times when she was a rich brat, like they would say, "Tori, remember, we would go into Dolce and Gabbanna and they would close the store and you'd drop $50,000." Sigh! Too funny!
As for celebrity fashion inspiration, I have to buy anything Kate Moss is wearing. I also love the Olsen sisters' style.
3. What are your favorite movies?
My favorite movies are Moulin Rouge, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Star Wars trilogy (the original one) and Room with A View.
Post by melissadelacruz on Feb 28, 2008 17:36:07 GMT -5
1) You mentioned that BlueBloods is going to be three trilogies. Whats the second trilogy about- Schuyler or Michael and Gabriel?
The second trilogy will be about Schuyler still. I just started outlining the second trilogy today. And I just made the decision to do a forward-trilogy rather than the prequel one.
2) What are some books you would recommend?
Anne Rice's vampire novels are a good start. Stephen King's It, Salem's Lot, and Dark Tower novels are all must-reads. I also love Diana Wynne Jones for fantasy--anything by her is great. For stuff like mine, you guys should check out the V.C. Andrews's Flowers in the Attic series, it was a huge inspiration for Blue Bloods since it's very gothic with lots of secrets and mysteries and sadness.
Post by melissadelacruz on Feb 28, 2008 17:41:43 GMT -5
1) What are your favorite subjects to write about?
I love to write about what interests me - I love trendy things, fashion, but also finding out new subcultures, like skater culture, slang, etc. I also like to write about friendships, how being a friend is about having fun but also about having messiness in your life, that no one is perfect. I also like making up mythologies.
2) Who are your favorite authors?
J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dawn Powell, Diana Wynne Jones, Leo Tolstoy, Candace Bushnell, Helen Fielding, Kate Christensen, Cheryl Mendelsohn, Lionel Shriver, I have favorite authors of every genre, from chicklit to fantasy!
3) What got you started on writing the Blue Bloods?
I was doing some research and found out about how all these prominent Americans are all related to people who came over on the Mayflower, and I wanted to do something about vampires, and then it hit--that's it--vampires came over on the Mayflower! And from there, I just couldn't stop writing...
4) Who are your favorite characters in the Blue Bloods series?
I truly love all of them. They are all my favorites. At various points of writing the books, each one has been dear to me. I love Schuyler, Mimi, Bliss, Jack, Oliver, Dylan and Kingsley, I would say pretty equally. They're like my children! (Even though I have one.) But it's like when you ask me who my favorite nephew is, I have three nephews and they are all my favorite one.
Post by melissadelacruz on Feb 28, 2008 17:44:04 GMT -5
1:How did you get the idea for the book?
I answered this above: but here it is again: I was doing some research and found out about how all these prominent Americans are all related to people who came over on the Mayflower, and I wanted to do something about vampires, and then it hit--that's it--vampires came over on the Mayflower! And from there, I just couldn't stop writing...
2: What was your inspiration(for any of your books)?
For Blue Bloods, I was really inspired by Stephen King's Dark Tower series. I wanted to write something like that, with a high fantasy and high mythic element, but also had people who lived in the current world.
3: How did you stay on that one subjet or story? (my mind thinks of other things sometimes when I write. Heh)
When I sketched out the Blue Bloods outline, I wrote this whole world--and I just wanted to stay in it and figure out what happens in it. The original story was epic in scope, so I knew I would be able to spend a lot of time telling it.