Meet Donna Del Oro, author of Saving La Familia

Welcome to the book tour for Saving La Familia by Donna Del Oro! Take a sneak peek inside the book with an excerpt and then get to know the author a little better with this Q&A. Follow the tour for even more and then enter the great giveaway at the end!

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”!

Read an excerpt:

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. 

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What is your favorite ice cream flavor?


Which mythological creature are you most like?

–The Goddess Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.

First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.

–The Diary of Anne Frank. I read this in high school and realized I had an affinity for Jewish people. Many years later, I learned that my twice great grandmother was an Ashkenazi Jew. Talk about genetic memory, huh?

How do you develop your plot and characters?

–It all happens in my head, then I will plot it out on a whiteboard, giving myself permission to make changes as I write.

Describe your writing space.

–It used to be a desk facing a wall. Now it’s my laptop on the kitchen counter!

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.

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5 thoughts on “Meet Donna Del Oro, author of Saving La Familia”

    1. Dina Salazar is! Scrappy, smart and brave, she answers her grandmother’s call to save her cousins from a dangerous Mexican drug cartel! She’s a composite character who is based on several latina women I have known.–author Donna Del Oro

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