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Deadly Destinations visits North Hampton from Melissa de la Cruz’ Beauchamp Family series. Serpent’s Kiss, the second novel in the series, was just released in paperback on July 9, 2013. The final novel in the trilogy, Winds of Salem, will be released on August 13, 2013 from Hyperion.
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A Q&A with Melissa de la Cruz
DFT: Your popular series, Witches of East End, is set in North Hampton, a fictional town on Long Island. How does it compare to (and differ with) the real-life Hamptons?
Melissa: I wanted to create a fairytale-like Hamptons, so actually North Hampton is based on Shelter Island, which is where my husband and I spent many summers when we lived in New York. Shelter Island is a secluded, insular, and very beautiful, just like my fictional town. I wanted to stay away from the bling-y, Puff Daddy-Martha-Stewart-Hamptons as much as possible. I wanted to create a dreamy, idyllic place that was what the Hamptons were like maybe 30 years ago, when artists and writers and farmers lived there.
DFT: What appealed to you about setting the series there?
Melissa: When we used to go to Shelter Island, it was such an odyssey, hours by bus or train, then getting into a ferry, THEN finally landing in Shelter Island. Our house was walkable from the dock, so we would just walk over and it was really such a huge contrast from our life in New York City. Suddenly, we were surrounded by trees, the air was clean, it was really magical. I also liked the small-town life very much, many of our friends in Shelter Island were not “summer people” like us, but yearlong residents – our friends were bartenders, chefs, waitresses, firefighters and fishermen. They were really different from our career-climbing friends from the city, and I was inspired by their lives – our friend who was a tuna fisherman said that he made his living in the summers – one or two big catches would earn him $30-50K and that was enough to live on during the rest of the year, when he would just go skiing. They enjoyed life, cooked great food, told awesome stories, they enjoyed life, instead of just constantly striving, like ambitious New Yorkers. So the book and its small-town setting and people were inspired by those magical summers.
DFT: The final book in the trilogy, Winds of Salem, is set partly in North Hampton in the present day, and partly in Salem, Mass in 1692. What can you tell us about how the real-life events of the Salem witch trials factored into your story?
Melissa: I did a lot of research into Salem, and one of the things that stood out was how much influence the Putnam family had in the accusations. They benefited the most from calling all these other people witches. So I used that real history in my story. A lot of the Salem stuff is true to the history, I just put Freya in the middle of it, which was fun.
DFT: What advice would you give to anyone visiting North Hampton for the first time?
Melissa: Ooh – probably order a drink from the North Inn Bar – you’ll never know what kind of potion Freya is stirring up! And do stay awhile, you probably won’t be able to find the town again. It tends to disappear.
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens and adults, including the Blue Bloods series (with three million copies in print), the Au Pairs series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat. She is also the editor of the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.
Her first series for adults debuted with Witches of East End, which People magazine called a “bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance.” The bestseller was followed with Serpent’s Kiss, and the third novel in the series, Winds of Salem, will be published by Hyperion in August 2013. Lifetime Television has picked up a drama based on Witches of East End, starring Julia Ormond (Mad Men), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (American Horror Story), Rachel Boston (In Plain Sight) and Mädchen Amick (Twin Peaks), and the ten-episode story arc will air fall of 2013.
De la Cruz’s brand new young adult fantasy series launching fall of 2013 is Frozen, Book One in the Heart of Dread series, which she co-wrote with her husband and previously behind-the-scenes collaborator Michael Johnston. Penguin will publish the book on September 17th.
A former fashion and beauty editor, Melissa has written for The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.
She 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.
Melissa de la Cruz lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with husband and daughter.
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This contest is provided by Hyperion
Two lucky readers will each win a copy of Winds of Salem
Available August 13, 2013 from Hyperion
About this Book:
New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz once again “lets her repressed sorceresses rip” (New York Times) in WINDS OF SALEM, the spellbinding conclusion to the Witches of East End trilogy featuring the beguiling Beauchamp family of witches.
When the novel opens, Freya Beauchamp is trapped in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, at the height of the witch trials, with no recollection of her past—not a good predicament to be in for a witch. An old and powerful rival has sent Freya spiraling away so that she is separated by centuries from her mother, Joanna, and her sister, Ingrid. Freya’s more immediate threat, however, is the wealthy, influential, and ambitious Putman family; young Ann Putman, one of the first accusers in the witch trials, and her family intend to profit from witch hunts by consolidating power and foreclosing on estates of the accused. If Freya is caught using magic, she will be forced to relive the horror of the witch trials, only this time even her immortality is in question.
Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares for the Beauchamp family. While Joanna and her pixie allies search for a missing totem to reopen the Passage of Time and bring Freya home, Ingrid is suffering from very human romantic woes—she might be losing her police detective boyfriend to his ex-girlfriend.
Expertly weaving together the past and present, WINDS OF SALEM is an exotic, sensual and irresistible brew that will delight readers old and new.
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