Today we sit down with author Leti Del Mar. Thank you for taking the time to talk to us today Leti. If you have any other questions for her please leave a comment and ask!
Now, onto the questions!
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m such a plotter, I’m almost OCD about it. I’ve created all sorts of charts for my plots and characters. I love charts. In fact, I have them all up on my site. Anyone can download them, print them out and use them.
What do we have to look forward to in the future?
I’ve just launched the second book in my YA Dystopian Romance series, The Confederation Chronicles and I’m writing the final installment, Rise of the Unaltered, as we speak.
What attracts you to your genre?
Besides writing, blogging and reading, I teach teeneagers. So even though I love romance, I’m drawn to Young Adult fiction. I spend way too much time inside the teenage mind.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I put lots of my own life into my books. Some of the characters are people I know, some are mash ups of friends. The places I’ve traveled to end up in my books, even if it’s a sci-fi version of the place. I also like to include incidents and things I’ve experienced.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Fellow Indie authors, for sure. I am always surprised and overwhelmed with the support I’ve gotten from other writers. We are each others support group .
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Spelling! Sometimes I spell in Spanish and don’t even realize it! Ah the drawbacks of being bilingual.
Who designed the covers?
Me! The ideas have always started with me. With one book, Land of the Unaltered, I had a Digital Donna take my idea and realize it. Since then, I’ve gotten bolder and more photoshop savvy. My husband has helped smooth over the edges too.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learn something after each book. Mostly it is how to travel the Indie road a little more smoothly. I’m constantly picking up new tools. My latest find has been Scrivner. It is the best writing software ever!
Any topic you will never write about?
I don’t think I can ever write a sex scene. I’ve tried and it always comes off too clinical. Maybe it’s because I’m a Biology teacher and teach Sex Ed. I mean who wants their Sex Ed teacher writing a sex scene? No one.
What are the most important attributes to staying sane as a writer?
Remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself and don’t get disappointed if it doesn’t happen all at once.
I live in sunny Southern California with my husband, daughter and abnormally large cat. When I’m not writing, reading or blogging, I am teaching Biology and Algebra to teenagers. I’m also a classic film buff, passionate about Art History and love to travel
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