Interview with romantic suspense author Donna Del Oro

Today’s guest author is Donna Del Oro to chat with me about her new romantic suspense comedy, Saving La Familia.

During her virtual book tour, Donna will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!

Also: The book will be free during the tour.

Donna Del Oro lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats. She taught high school and community college English classes for 30+ years and is now happily retired. When not doing research, writing novels, or reading voraciously, she travels and sings with the medal winning Sacramento Valley Chorus.

Donna is a member of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime in addition to the Valleyrose chapter of the RWA. She has judged RITA entries and does developmental editing on the side. Two of her novels, Operation Familia and Born To Sing, have won national and international awards.

Welcome, Donna. Please tell us a little bit about your new release.
Here’s the blurb: A romantic suspense comedy set in Silicon Valley, a young Latina teacher, Dina Salazar, is asked by her Mexican-born grandmother to rescue her cousins from a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. After all, her stern grandmother tells her, she is the “smart one” in the family. To do so, she has to recruit help from her hated ex-fiance. What’s a girl to do when “la familia” calls?

Saving La Familia by Donna Del Oro, about a latina teacher who’s recruited by her Mexican-born grandmother to save her cousins from a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. It’s a romantic-suspense comedy with many “buen dichos”!


Excerpt from Saving La Familia:
It took five years—six, counting my teaching credential— to work my way through college and, oh yeah, I lost my fiancé along the way—according to Mama and Abuelita, my only chance at happiness. Their idea of happiness meant you married young, spent the next twenty years changing diapers, cooking and cleaning for a man you seldom saw because he was working two or three jobs to pay for all the mouths you’d brought into the world…

¡Gracias a Dios!

Horrors, in my opinion.

That was the world they knew, anyway, and they didn’t have the imagination to picture me in another, I suppose. I had another vision of the world. And myself. After all, I was Dina Salazar, not Dolores—the rambunctious little girl I used to be, saddled with what I thought to be a horrible name and all it implied. I was certain my family considered me the smirky smartass, the brazen wise-ass. No matter what, I was going to scratch and crawl my way into the American middle class, and if I lost whatever family status I had or whatever love came along, so be it.

After all, according to them, I had una cabeza dura. Hard- headed. And they were right.


What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
After Saving La Familia, I’ll either work on Book 2 in the series, or work on Book 4 in the Delphi Bloodline series, maybe Athena’s London.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Right now, the works of Ken Follett, a suspense master, are influencing me the most.

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?
Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice.

What is your favorite television show?
Ancient Aliens and the BBC’s All Creatures Great and Small.

What are four things you can’t live without?
The love from my husband, son and daughter. Good health, which I enjoy (fingers crossed)! Enough money to pay my bills. Being surrounded by animals and tall trees.

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9 thoughts on “Interview with romantic suspense author Donna Del Oro

  1. Eva Millien says:

    Great interview and excerpt, Saving La Familia sounds like a captivating and thrilling read for me to enjoy and I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome weekend!

  2. Patricia B. says:

    It seems the four things you can’t live without are the same for many of us. Family is important. We do not fully appreciate our good health until we have problems (I am too familiar with that). There is no need to be extremely wealthy. Being comfortable and able to pay bills and have a little extra is enough to be happy with. Nature around us nurtures the soul and gives us peace.

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