About Melissa de la Cruz
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.
She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.
Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).
Melissa lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her family.
CW: Hello. Describe “The Ashleys” in a few words. What would you think if you were a reader not the writer?
– The Ashleys rule Miss Gamble’s Preparatory School for Girls. They are gorgeous, rich, impeccably fashion forward, and, yes, all named Ashley. Lauren Page has gone to the same school with them her whole life, and is no longer the mud-eating loser she once was. And though she has completely changed her exterior from bargain-basement cast-offs to off-the-runway couture she is still the same person on the inside. And that person has had enough of the current regime.
CW: What’s the story behind the Ashley name? How come all the three characters have the same name?
-I met so many young girls named Ashley when I was writing it. It seemed everyone was named Ashley.
CW: Did you put yourself in Lauren’s shoes, while writing the novel?
– I myself survived through an exclusive all-girls school in San Francisco, and I too-clearly remember what the trauma of the daily walk into school was like. My idea for the Ashleys was what would happen if someone who’d been a social outcast suddenly became the biggest insider? Would she change the popular girls or would she change herself for better or worse?
CW: Who would play the main roles in a movie adaptation?
-I have no idea. I don’t know the young actresses very well sadly.
CW: Why did you decide to end the series?
– I had planned to write at least two more books, but my schedule did not end up allowing me to do so. There is a short story ending to the series, which can be found on my website at www.melissa-delacruz.com.
And now, something more fun:
CW: Coffee or tea?
CW: Books or e-books?
CW: Since this stuff is so popular these days, vampires or werewolves?
CW: Vampire Diaries or Twilight?
CW: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff?
CW: Team Peeta or Team Gale?
CW: Can you describe a perfect day in your life so far?
-The day my first book was bought by Simon and Schuster in 1997.
CW: And last, a message for your Romanian readers?
-Buna ziua.I hope you enjoy the Ashleys!