I’m so excited to be a part of the book tour for Going Dark that is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was really excited to also be able to interview the author for this book!
How would you describe Going Dark in one sentence?
A twisty thriller about media coverage, the internet, missing white women syndrome, and sisterhood.
Can you introduce us to the main character(s) of Going Dark?
Amelia Ashley is the perfect influencer, the girl we all want to be and are obsessed with, her life looks perfect online.
Josh Reuter is the perfect boyfriend – cute, supportive and sweet. But perhaps too perfect to be true.
Harper Delgado is all of us at the computer, an Internet detective extraordinaire who actually discovers something true.
Do you know from the beginning how your books will end or do you let your characters decide their journey?
I know everything. I make all the decisions. I have a structure and I decide on the characters, how we get there tends to change but we get to where I am driving the book. Always.
Do you have a favorite scene, moment, or quote from the book?
I really love the end of the book. But I won’t spoil it. I re-wrote the ending. So while I had this ending in mind, I did change it a little.
What is something readers will find in Going Dark that they may not realize based on the
A story about sisters and family.
What’s something you hope readers will take away from Going Dark?
I hope they develop a healthy skepticism for everything they see and read on the Internet.
What are three books you would recommend if someone enjoyed Going Dark?
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
ABOUT THE BOOK
TITLE: Going Dark
AUTHOR: Melissa de la Crus
GENRE: Young Adult Thriller
RELEASE DATE: February 7, 2023
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz comes a ripped-from-the-headlines new adult mystery about all the missing girls who fall off the radar…
Amelia Ashley shares everything with her followers – her favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants, her best fashion tips, and her European trip-of-a-lifetime with her hot boyfriend.
Josh has no choice but to return home without Amelia after she abandons him in Rome. He has no clue where she went or how her blood got in his suitcase. Why won’t anyone believe him?
To Harper Delgado, Amelia Ashley is just another missing white girl whipping up a media frenzy. But with each digital knot she untangles about the influencer, Harper wonders: who is Amelia Ashley?
The Other Girl
Two years ago, another girl went missing, one who never made headlines or had a trending hashtag.
Amelia’s disappearance has captured the world’s attention. What comes next? Watch this space…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publisher’s Weekly and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages. Many of her more than fifty books have also topped USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and been published in over twenty countries.
De la Cruz’s novel, The Isle of the Lost, the prequel to the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants, spent more than fifty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, fifteen at #1, and has over a million copies in print. Descendants starring Kristen Chenoweth and Dove Cameron was the #1 cable TV movie of 2015, and #5 of all time, and its soundtrack the #1 bestselling album on iTunes. The series’ subsequent books, Return to the Isle of the Lost and Rise of the Isle of the Lost, were also New York Times bestsellers for many weeks.
De la Cruz is also known for the Blue Bloods series (with three million copies in print), and the Witches of East End series. Her recent book releases include New York Times bestsellers The Queen’s Assassin and the Alex & Eliza series, as well as the graphic novel Gotham High and The Birthday Girl. Her next release is her upcoming middle grade series launch, Never After, publishing December 2020.
De la Cruz’s Hallmark Christmas movies, Christmas in Angel Falls and Pride Prejudice and Mistletoe (based on her novel), were both the top-rated movies for their Christmas season on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. 29 Dates, her YA novel about a Korean exchange student, will soon be a feature-length movie on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.
Melissa is also the founder and principal of Melissa de la Cruz Studio at Disney Publishing, which will create and package books in every genre and age range but with a focus on middle grade and young adult, from a diverse group of new and established writers that will appeal to all the platforms across the Disney company for a global audience. The projects will reflect Melissa’s humor and taste and range from adventure, romance and fantasy to contemporary stories.
Melissa de la Cruz is the co-director of YALLFEST (Charleston, SC) and the co-founder of YALLWEST (Santa Monica, CA), the two largest and most vibrant young adult book festivals in the country, attracting more than 30,000 readers every year.
Melissa de la Cruz 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. At Columbia University, she majored in art history and English. She lives in West Hollywood with her husband and daughter.
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