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July 22, 2015

21st Century Vampires of Manhattan --- Guest Post by Melissa de la Cruz

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Melissa de la Cruz, author of the acclaimed Blue Bloods series, returns to her past home in this blog post --- New York, New York. The city may have changed between the publication of her books, but Melissa's love of New York remained unscathed. Here, she writes how her beloved city influenced her writing, both the original Blue Bloods and its new spinoff, VAMPIRES OF MANHATTAN

I wrote the first Blue Bloods novel more than ten years ago. My husband and I had just moved to Los Angeles, and I missed New York City more than I could bear. We moved on a whim, and because of love. My father was battling cancer, and as soon as the doctor told us the diagnosis, I knew I couldn’t live so far away from my family anymore. After 15 years, I finally went “home.” 

But it was hard to let go of New York. 
 
The city wasn’t just a place I lived in, it was part of my identity, my soul. I was a proud New Yorker, and not one of those sheepish residents who “never bothered to visit its museums or nightclubs or restaurants.” Mike and I actively went out everywhere and did everything --- with the kind of enthusiastic brio only two kids from the suburbs could muster. 
 
Blue Bloods was my love letter to New York, set in my favorite nightclubs, hotels and restaurants, and featuring the sardonic, sophisticated and sly sense of humor of its citizens. The book is part gothic romance and part satire, a dark and romantic story that doesn’t take itself too seriously, just like the city I loved.
 
When I wrote the spinoff VAMPIRES OF MANHATTAN a decade later, the city had changed too. It was cleaner, shinier, less of the gritty metropolis of the ‘90s and more of the plutocrat’s playground. There were fancy hotels in the Bowery, Times Square was no longer a sleazebag’s paradise and all the cool kids lived in Brooklyn. 
 
It was fun to discover the city all over again. The more things change, the more they stay the same…and in my world, New York is still populated by fabulous vampires.  

Melissa de la Cruz is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series Blue Bloods, which has three million copies in print, and the Beauchamp Family series. She is a former journalist who has contributed to many publications, including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, and Marie Claire. She spent many summers on Shelter Island, which served as the inspiration for the fictional town of North Hampton. She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her family.