Author Interview: Leti Del Mar

Author Interview: Leti Del Mar

Author Interview: Leti Del Mar
Land of the Unaltered by Leti Del Mar

Series: Confederation #1
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication Date: June 18th 2013
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Rose comes from the capital of the Confederation of Cities where its citizens live in luxury and the greatest fashion statement of all is being Altered. People change everything about the way they look as often as they do their hairstyle but Rose is different. Her position of privilege has made her an outcast and led her to suspect that something sinister is happening to the citizens and flees the capital along with a past that imprisons her in search of a fresh start in the Land of the Unaltered.

Flynn lives in the Land of the Unaltered and hates the capitol and everything it stands for. So when a spoiled capital girl is assigned to work with him, he wants nothing to do with her and is prepared to make her life miserable. But Flynn was not prepared for someone like Rose. She doesn’t fit the mold he expected and finds himself strongly attracted to her. As she continues to surprise and outwit him, they begin to forge a bond that is tested when they discover a secret that could change everything they know about Land of the Unaltered.

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1. How did you come up with the idea for the Confederation series?

I read the book, The Secret of Life by Nobel Prize Winner John Watson and my mind went crazy with all the future applications of genetics.  Then I thought about what would happen if things went really, really wrong.  Thus the Confederation Chronicles were born.

2. Have you already decided how many books you will write in this series or are you still waiting to see how the story progresses before you choose?

When I started it, I knew it would be a trilogy.  Just one more to write!

3. You give some great writing and publishing advice on your blog. What is one of the best pieces of advice you would give to an aspiring author?

Keep writing, don’t get too caught up on marketing your first book.  Write the next one, and the one after that, and then the one after that.  If after 10 books, you are still not selling, then you can stress about marketing.

4. What is one of the best comments you have ever received about your writing? 

When a reader says they can’t wait to read the next book, it is the best.  That means they are a fan and fans are golden.

5. When did you decide you wanted to be an author?

I think I have always been telling stories, but I got serious about it four years ago and haven’t looked back since.

6. Who are some of your biggest literary influences?

Jane Austen, she was a female in a male dominated publishing world and made it.  Agatha Christie is another big influence.  I think these two gals are the reason why all of my books have some romance and mystery in them.

7. What is the most rewarding thing about writing and publishing a novel?

The feedback from readers and getting to meet and work with other writers is awesome.

8. Besides reading and writing, do you have any other hobbies or talents you could tell us a little bit about?

I teach math and science to teenagers, chase my toddler around the park, love to travel and have taken up boxing for over a year now.  It is a fantastic workout, a great way to get out frustrations and helps me write authentic fight scenes!

9. What type of romance can we expect to read in the Confederation series?

The romance in the Confederation Chronicles is sweet, sometimes steamy, but never explicit. It is told from both Rose and Flynn’s points of view. So in the first book, you get to see them fall for eachother without realizing their feelings are returned.  In the second book, that relationships gets really tested and in the final book, you can expect to see that love grow even stronger.

10. Without giving any spoilers, of course, what can you tell us about the Confederation series that the synopses do not cover?

I think it is fair to say that is you like The Hunger GamesThe Uglies and Matched you will enjoy this book.  What sets my series apart is that it is told from two different points of views and one of those is the perspective of someone in the ruling class which isn’t often done in Dystopia.

11. I like to do a short game at the end of an interview. I will start the sentence, and you finish it however you like, the only rule is that you have fun! 

(A) The best way to relax after a hard day is… with a cold drink-think Happy Hour!
(B) Some day I will learn how to… sew, it would so come in handy.
(C) When I finish reading a good book, I always walk away feeling… disappointed it is over.
(D) Although it is challenging, I am very proud of my self when…I keep my Spanish in practice.
(E) The world would be a better place if… everyone ate more chocolate.

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Author Biography

About Leti Del Mar

Author of the Bestselling Young Adult Dystopian Romance series called The Confederation Chronicles, a Romantic Heist series called The Thief and a Non-Fiction entitled How To Self-Publish a DIY Approach.
Leti Del Mar lives in sunny Southern California with her husband, daughter and abnormally large cat. When she isn’t writing, reading or blogging, she is teaching Biology and Algebra to teenagers. Leti is also a classic film buff, passionate about Art History and loves to travel.

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