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10 Asian Pacific American YA Authors to Know

Swati Avasthi

Melissa de la Cruz

Andrew Fukuda

Jenny Han

Malinda Lo

  • Author of Adaptation and Inheritance, William C. Morris Award finalist for Ash, and co-founder of Diversity in YA
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Ellen Oh

Cindy Pon

  • Author of Silver Phoenix, Fury of the Phoenix, the forthcoming Serpentine (Month9Books, 2015), and co-founder of Diversity in YA
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Padma Venkatraman

  • Author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning novels A Time to Dance, Climbing the Stairs, and Island’s End
  • padmasbooks.com

Gene Luen Yang

  • Author of the National Book Award finalist and LA Times Book Prize winner Boxers and Saints, the Printz Award-winning and National Book Award finalist American Born Chinese, and co-author of Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • geneyang.com | @geneluenyang

Laurence Yep

  • Author of dozens of books for children and young adults including the Gold Mountain Chronicles, winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and two-time Newbery Honor winner
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DiYA Author Spotlight: Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous young adult novels, including The Au Pairs series and the Blue Bloods series, as well as her semi-autobiographical novel Fresh Off the Boat. According to her official bio, “Melissa 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. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).”

“Transition to life in America was very hard. It’s still hard! LOL. My husband (who is American and from the Midwest) says that I don’t know how to do anything. I expect everything to be cleaned up after me, like a little princess. I guess half of me grew up very entitled and the other half is kind of this flinty, no-nonsense immigrant. I understand the dynamic of rich communities, the insulation, the snobbery, but I also understand what hardscrabble struggle is like.” — Melissa de La Cruz on growing up in Manila as a “rich kid” before moving to the U.S. (fictionforyoungadults.blogspot.com)

“I was raised Catholic in the Philippines, and religion is much more ingrained into our daily life than religion is here, so I grew up in a culture where during Lent, there was nothing on TV (NOTHING) and we would go to the cemetery for a week to honor our dead, and you would see men holding crosses and wearing crowns of thorns, whipping themselves, walking down the highway. So I grew up with all this fantastic imagery, and I’d always loved the story of Paradise Lost, and I also liked that Lucifer’s story – his fall – is not in the Bible, it’s more of a Catholic myth, a fairytale, and I liked that about it, because I could use it and not feel like I was blaspheming the religion I grew up with.” — Melissa de La Cruz on what drew her to write about vampires (Fantasy Book Addict)

Visit Melissa de la Cruz’s official website or follow her on twitter.