Author Chat with Melissa de la Cruz (Gotham High), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Melissa de la Cruz author of
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Meet Melissa de la Cruz!
Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publisher's Weekly, and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages including Alex and Eliza, The Descendants, The Witches of East End, and Blue Bloods. Her more than 30 books have also topped the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and have been published in over 20 countries.
Meet Gotham High!
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex and Eliza and The Witches of East End comes a reimagining of Gotham for a new generation of readers. Before they became Batman, Catwoman, and The Joker, Bruce, Selina, and Jack were high schoolers who would do whatever it took--even destroy the ones they love--to satisfy their own motives.
After being kicked out of his boarding school, 16-year-old Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City to find that nothing is as he left it. What once was his family home is now an empty husk, lonely but haunted by the memory of his parents' murder. Selina Kyle, once the innocent girl next door, now rules over Gotham High School with a dangerous flair, aided by the class clown, Jack Napier.
When a kidnapping rattles the school, Bruce seeks answers as the dark and troubled knight--but is he actually the pawn? Nothing is ever as it seems, especially at Gotham High, where the parties and romances are of the highest stakes ... and where everyone is a suspect.
With enchanting art by Thomas Pitilli, this new graphic novel is just as intoxicating as it is chilling, in which dearest friends turn into greatest enemies--all within the hallways of Gotham High!
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~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
DC asked me to write a YA graphic novel with their characters. They said I could choose whoever and they asked if I could do a Batman book since no one had chosen Batman yet. I said of course! I’d love to do Batman. My pitch was Gossip Girl meets Batman. I thought I could have a lot of fun with a teen billionaire.
Then when I started writing it, I was inspired by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. Especially when Capote says that he felt that the murderer Perry Smith was very much like him, from the same background, except Truman “walked out the front door and Perry walked out the back door.” That you could be essentially the same person, but your choices and your privileges defined you and made one person a famous author and the other a cold blooded killer. So I wanted Bruce and Jack to have that dynamic.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Uncle Alfred. So suave, so chill, always one step ahead of everything.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title for sure, I really liked the way “Gotham High” sounded. Apparently there was an animated series that was never produced that had the same title, or maybe it was Gotham Academy or Gotham Prep? But I was not aware of it nor have I seen any of it.
I had the call with DC and I sent them my proposal. I just looked at it – the original title was BATMAN GENESIS: GOTHAM HIGH. But everyone liked just “Gotham High”.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The final scene in the book – everything is leading up to it. So it was a big reveal. It was cool that Thomas said when he was setting it up, with the melodrama in it, he was drawing it like a Shakespearean play almost. Super cool.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I’m not sure how to answer this, but I find that loyalty has been a huge part of my career. I’ve been with Disney for almost 20 years now, and with Penguin for a decade. Two of my editors and my agent, we’ve all been together for over 15 years. I think forging deep bonds with the people who ‘get’ your work is one of the best things about publishing.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love how broody Bruce looks, and I also like the colors, and I love the bats and the shadow of the cat and that Jack has a Joker card. I love those touches.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?
I can’t wait for my readers to read Jo and Laurie, my Little Women retelling with Margaret Stohl, and my new middle grade fairy tale series NEVER AFTER.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2019?
Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Looooved it.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I am impatiently waiting for some very big news to be announced so I can talk about it. But I can’t until then.
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
Everyone hang in there! Stay at home!
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Getting the plot together was tricky.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Hmmm. Probably Selina. She was super sly.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I am a very productive person. I can focus my thoughts quickly. I am very fast, I have always had that ability to process a lot of things and then figure out what is wrong with it and fix it under deadline. I think the ability to meet deadlines is my super power honestly. I love the adrenaline of having to get it done.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Yallwest and Yallfest are two non-profit organizations that put on the best book festivals and get books and authors in front of kids who need them the most. I’m on the board of both of them and am in charge of all the fundraising. It’s a very satisfying and enriching part of my life, it’s great to see the kids so excited.
By: Melissa de la Cruz
Release Date: April 7th, 2020
Publisher: DC Comic
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