Melissa de la Cruz (born 1971) is an American author known for her work in young-adult fiction. She has written several series of young adult novels, including the Au Pair series and the Blue Bloods series, and a contemporary fiction series following The Beauchamp Family, as well as a number of stand-alone novels.

Early life and education

Melissa de la Cruz spent her early years in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 12. Her father was an investment banker. The family settled in San Francisco, where she graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart High School. She went on to study art history and English at Columbia University in New York City.


Her work as a nanny and her visits to The Hamptons formed the background for book series, The Au Pairs.

Her work as a fashion writer for Marie Claire was the inspiration for How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less which she co-authored with Karen Robinovitz.


  • Au Pairs – The first book in this series about three young girls working as au pairs in The Hamptons, The Au Pairs, was published in 2004
  • Blue Bloods – The first book in this vampire novel series, Blue Bloods was published in March 2006
  • The Ashleys – The first book in this series about girls who attend an exclusive preparatory school, The Ashleys: There's a New Name in School, was published in 2008.
  • The Beauchamp Family - The first book in the series about a family of witches, Witches of East End, was released in June 2011. It was adapted into a television series by Lifetime in 2013, with the show lasting two seasons before it was cancelled.
  • Wolf Pact - This spin-off from the Blue Bloods series was released from September to December 2012 as four short e-books. It was later published in paperback.
  • Heart of Dread - The first novel from this brand new series, Frozen, co-written with her husband Michael Johnston, was released on September 17, 2013
  • The Ring & the Crown - In this romantic historical fiction novel, the first of the series, bestselling author, Melissa de la Cruz, shares the perspectives of five young adults embroiled in love, politics, and magic during a London coming-of-age season which will dictate all of their futures. Published April 1, 2014.