Stop everything you鈥檙e doing. Yes, you read that right. A YA retelling of Alexander Hamilton鈥檚 life story hit bookstores last week, and it鈥檚 EVERY BIT as addictive as the beloved musical. Melissa de la Cruz, the New York Times best-selling author of the Blue Bloods series and The聽Descendents series, tackles everyone鈥檚 favorite founding father with an epic love story that will leave you breathless. We chatted with de la Cruz about her favorite spots to write, her creativity tips, and what she really thinks about La La Land. Scroll on to learn more about this incredible writer!

Brit + Co: Describe your book in six words or less.

Melissa de la Cruz: It鈥檚 all in the title :)

B+C: Where/when do you do your best writing?

MDLC: At my office, in front of my 30-inch monitor with 200-point font, in total silence. I work best under the gun, on deadline.

B+C: What鈥檚 your go-to cure for when you鈥檙e stuck in a creativity rut?

MDLC: Take a walk, go on the treadmill, run errands. Get out of the office and clear my head.

B+C: What two lady heroes do you turn to for inspiration, and why?

MDLC: JK Rowling, author, billionaire, and philanthropist; and Diana Vreeland, for her style, scathing wit, and jolie-laide savoir faire! JK because she鈥檚 brilliant and kind, and DV because you don鈥檛 have to be perfect to be beautiful.

B+C: What鈥檚 your latest Instagram obsession?

MDLC: So embarrassing, but many of my friends have kids in their 20s and they are all so fabulous. I鈥檓 a bit in awe of how cool the kids are today. I鈥檓 a lurker aunt. And I鈥檓 not sharing because I don鈥檛 want them to think I鈥檓 creepy!

B+C: Can you name a book that you think deserves a little more love + recognition?

MDLC: My friend Margaret Stohl鈥檚 upcoming Royce Rolls is as funny and biting as Maria Semple鈥檚 Where鈥檇 You Go, Bernadette. Don鈥檛 let the YA label keep you from reading it. It鈥檚 hilarious, mean, and scarily timely.

B+C: What鈥檚 next on your to-read pile?

MDLC: I can鈥檛 wait to read Laini Taylor鈥檚 Strange the Dreamer. I鈥檓 out of the country and couldn鈥檛 get a copy before my trip. Can鈥檛 wait to come back and buy it!

B+C: What advice do you have for aspiring creative ladies?

MDLC: Don鈥檛 believe the message of the film La La Land. You CAN have love and your artistic pursuits/ambition/career. I can鈥檛 tell you how many of my creative friends hate that movie for that message, myself included. Although hate is too strong a word, perhaps more like 鈥渘ot amused?鈥

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