Today we're excited to chat with Melissa de la Cruz,
author of Someone To Love.
Read on for more about Melissa and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Melissa de la Cruz!
Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publishers Weekly and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of Disney’s Descendants novels and many other critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages. Her books have also topped the USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and have been published in more than twenty countries. A former fashion and beauty editor, Melissa has written for the New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, San Francisco Chronicle, Teen Vogue, and Seventeen and has appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and Fox News. Melissa de la Cruz grew up in Manila and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
Meet Someone To Love!
Constantly in the spotlight thanks to her politician father's rising star, Olivia Blakely feels the pressure to be perfect. As the youngest girl in her class, she tries hard to keep up and to seem mature to the older boy she's crushing on, even as she catches his eye. But the need to look good on camera and at school soon grows into an all-consuming struggle with bulimia.
As Liv works toward her goal of gaining early admission to art school, including taking part in an upcoming student show, her life spirals out of control. Swept up in demands to do more than she's ready for, to always look perfect and to succeed, Liv doesn't know who she is anymore. It will take nearly losing her best friend and even her life for Liv to learn that loving herself is far more important than earning the world's approval.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I wanted to write about an issue that is so central to girls’ lives today, and I have seen dear friends and family suffer from eating disorders, so I wanted to write a book that shed light on it somehow. As a culture we are pressuring our girls to be perfect, and most often that pressure is turned inward on themselves in a terrible way. I think my book was my response to just let girls off the hook, and maybe we can all be kinder to ourselves as well.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Liv is very dear to me, and her struggles and her strength are very inspiring to me, it was hard to write about her but I enjoyed being in her head.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title. I’ve written so many romance books but I wanted to write about a different kind of romance.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I worked hard on the opening scene, I wanted something to pull the reader in immediately and also to show what’s going on from the start.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Not to take criticism personally. It’s hard to have a thick skin, so don’t go looking for negative reactions. Writers tend to discount praise and brood over criticism. I think I’ve learned how to understand and process and use criticism to better my writing, but some people are never going to like your work, and you have to have peace with that. I don’t lose sleep over it.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love how triumphant it is, it’s a very happy statement.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?
I have a new project from Disney that comes out in fall of 2018, we haven’t announced it yet, but it’s been a long time in the works and I’m excited I finally get to share it!
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2017?
Oh so many! I loved Ta-neheshi Coates’ We were Eight Years in Power, Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko and David Sedaris’s Theft by Finding. Also Margaret Stohl’s Royce Rolls and Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer. Loved!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Love and War, the sequel to Alex and Eliza is out in April, the next Descendants book is out in May, my new Disney project in the fall, and a bunch of TV projects and movies that hopefully will debut next year!
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
I think it’s so important to raise our kids to be kind to themselves, and to be kind in general. As I get older that is the most important thing I value in people: kindness.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
When Liv hits rock bottom, it was so hard. I almost couldn’t finish the chapter.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Liv, I loved her, but she was tricky to write as well.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Speed. I can work really fast, and I think that’s been the reason I have the career I do. I can concentrate and focus and deliver in the short period of time allotted me.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
YALLFEST and YALLWEST. Bringing books to kids who need it most! Also the International Rescue Committee for refugees and the Brady Center for Gun Control. I give to all three regularly.
Someone To Love
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publishing Date: January 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
SOMEONE TO LOVE by Melissa de la Cruz
HarlequinTEEN / 978-0373212361/ January 2, 2018 / $18.99 / hardcover / 400 pages
One winner will receive a copy of Someone To Love (Melissa de la Cruz) ~ (US Only)