Melissa De la Cruz

Young Adult Author

Birthday September 7, 1971

Birth Sign Virgo

Birthplace Manila, Philippines

Age 52 years old

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Creator of several young adult book series, including Au Pairs, Blue Bloods, and The Ashleys. Her Isle of the Lost novel was written as a prequel novel to Disney's Descendants and spent over 50 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Before Fame

She studied art history and English at Columbia University in New York City. She was a former fashion and beauty editor, writing for Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar and Glamour.


She worked as a fashion writer for Marie Claire, which became the inspiration behind her novel How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less.

Family Life

She immigrated with her family to the United States from Manila, Philippines when she was 12 years old. Her father was an investment banker. She married Michael Johnston with whom she co-wrote Frozen, the first novel from her Heart of Dread series.

Associated With

Lifetime aired a drama series based on her first adult series novel, Witches of East End, starring Julia Ormond and Jenna Dewan.