Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Sequential Art, Superheroes, Comics
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!
What does your typical writing day look like? – Do you outline or are you write in whatever order?
There is no typical writing day. When I’m on deadline, I write for 16 hours a day, every day until it gets done. That’s usually the last two-three weeks before deadline and I would say about half the book is written then, or the book makes a huge leap forward toward final draft at that moment.
Before then, I usually work maybe three days a week, from 8am to about noon or so, and then again at around 5pm to about 8pm to until 11pm depending on how much energy I have. I try to write about 2,000 words a day for a first draft, or 10,000 a week. Sometimes because I can, I won’t write anything for 4 days and then write all 10,000 words in one day. So like I said, no typical day.
On the other days I outline and do meetings and administrative stuff. On weekends I am present for my family, and I’m pretty strict about that. But on Sundays I usually try to get a head start on Monday’s work.
I work from home and I have an office outside of it too, so I am able to do a lot of work without distraction, and I can get a lot of work done in a few hours because I am able to focus.
I heavily outline my books, usually I’ll write a paragraph synopsis for my editor, then I’ll write maybe a 3 page rough outline, and then a 20-30 page chapter outline. Then a quick first draft that takes as short as 2 weeks or as long as 3 months. Usually in about a month I can get a first draft down. Then I rewrite rewrite rewrite until it’s done. Sometimes it takes a full year to rewrite. The real writing comes in the rewriting, and I move chapters around, figure out where the holes are, and write those missing chapters. The book does not look like the outline at all, it is an organic process, the outline is just for the first draft. I can also always tell when authors have just written their first draft and they didn’t rewrite after. Those books usually are pretty flat. Writing at some point is alchemy, you have to tap into that subconscious magic. And the only way to get there is through. 🙂
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!).
She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.
Prize: Win a copy of GOTHAM HIGH by Melissa de la Cruz & Thomas Pitilli (US Only)
Starts: 7th April 2020
Ends: 21st April 2020a Rafflecopter giveaway