Melissa de la Cruz fans, here’s the exclusive first look at the cover of Misguided Angel, the fifth in the Blue Bloods series, which is slated for Oct. 5 publication. (Fans who can’t wait until fall for their Blue Bloods fix, fret not: de la Cruz has written an in-depth guidebook of sorts, Keys to the Repository, due out in June.) The author recently talked to EW.com about Misguided Angel’s cover art, her non-fiction past and being a self-proclaimed “sci-fi geek.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, what do you think about the cover? Did you have any say in it?
MELISSA DE LA CRUZ: I had a huge say in it. I really wanted it to be otherworldly, very beautiful. I like it because the girl’s face — to me she could look Asian, or Latino, or Italian. I just thought it was kind of nice that she had this universal look where you couldn’t really tell what race she was. It’s great for an angel to look like that.
This is the fifth book in the series – how many do you plan on releasing? Did you think it would last this long?
I had a very ambitious program when I first outlined this; I definitely planned a big series. From the beginning five years ago, I said I had a plan for nine or 10 books and they said, ‘Whoa! OK! We’ll buy two and see how it does!’ And then they kind of took off. I had a plan if it didn’t work out how to end it on book three, but if it did work I definitely had this big overreaching arc that I wanted to explore. I dream big! (laughs)
Can you spill a little something about what happens in Misguided Angel?
It was a really fun book because my idea was as the books continued, there would be little arcs every three or four books. I feel like books one through four really dealt with Bliss and Lucifer, and then Schuyler and Jack kind of discover a new threat and they uncover things that happened in the past that is affecting the present: a deep, evil secret that the Blue Bloods have kept. In New York, Mimi kind of deals with this new thing, so there’s this evil that happens in several places in the world that they all have to deal with that all kind of ties to one thing, and they have to find the root of it. READ FULL STORY