Melissa de la Cruz

Featured Speaker
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM CT
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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. Many of her more than fifty books have also topped USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and have been published in over twenty countries.

De la Cruz’s novel, The Isle of the Lost, the prequel to the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants, spent more than fifty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, fifteen at #1, and has over a million copies in print.  The series’ subsequent books, Return to the Isle of the Lost and Rise of the Isle of the Lost, were also New York Times bestsellers.    

She is also known for the Blue Bloods series and the Witches of East End series. Her recent book releases include New York Times bestsellers The Queen’s Assassin and the Alex & Eliza series, as well as the graphic novel Gotham High and The Birthday Girl

Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy, available now, is a story for middle-grade readers where real life and fairy tales collide.  She has written several highly-rated Hallmark Christmas movies and her Young Adult novel, 29 Dates, about a Korean exchange student, will soon be a feature-length movie on Disney+.

De la Cruz is the founder and principal of Melissa de la Cruz Studio at Disney Publishing, which will create and package books in every genre and age range but with a focus on middle-grade and Young Adult from a diverse group of new and established writers that will appeal to all platforms across the Disney company's global audience. The projects will reflect De La Cruz' humor and taste, and will range from adventure, romance, and fantasy to contemporary stories.

She is the co-director of YALLfest (Charleston, SC) and the co-founder of YALLwest (Santa Monica, CA), the two largest and most vibrant young adult book festivals in the country, attracting more than 30,000 readers every year.



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