Melissa de la Cruz
After growing up in Manila, Philippines, de la Cruz moved with her family to San Francisco, where she graduated from high school from the Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University. She is widely known for her teen fiction, including the Blue Bloods series. Her new book, Winds of Salem: A Witches of East End Novel, will be released Tuesday. It is being made into a Lifetime TV series, Witches of East End, with Julia Ormond and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, premiering Oct. 6. We caught up with the author by phone from her home in Los Angeles.
What's on your nightstand?
Jen Lancaster. I'm a big fan. I've followed her, and now I'm reading her latest installment, The Tao of Martha. It's about her attempt to try to do what Martha Stewart does for a year, like making the perfect Easter feast and all that. She writes about how it affects her own life, and boy, I can relate to it.
I'm also reading Big Brother by Lionel Shriver. In the book, the narrator's brother appears after years of not being seen, and he has gained 300 pounds. She chucks her own family to get him on track.
Do you recommend it?
I like the ease she has in storytelling.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer