Interview of Leti Sala by Andy Reyes
Hi Leti how are you? Could you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
Thank you for the interview and for supporting my book.
I am a writer. A year and a half ago I published my first book Scrolling after sex. This year my second book will come out. In addition to my work as an author, I write on request for brands, poems and articles for Vogue, and I also write lyrics for artists.
Where did the title “Scrolling after sex” come from?
The title of my book came from my desire to describe a very modern image: two people have just had sex, and instead of hugging they move straight on to their cell phones.
Has your perception of love changed since writing the book?
Since I wrote this book, my perception of love has not changed. Perhaps it has been sophisticated, or has found new answers to the questions I ask myself. I like to see my first book as a portrait about my own search for a healthy love. This exploration materializes much more clearly in my second book.
Many times writing is not considered a career as such, do you think this will change in the future?
I hope with all my heart that this changes. I don’t understand why writing cannot be a profession and, for example, photography can. I fight so that writing (including poetry) can be compared to the rest of the arts and get the respect it deserves. Words are a very powerful weapon to convey ideas: why can’t it become a profession, like any other?
You have experienced some career changes in your young life. What advice would you give us if we want to make a career change, how can we move from fear to believing in ourselves?
Yes, I changed from lawyer to writer. Perhaps I would advise these people to look inward and wonder what moves them. If that is something different from what they are currently working on, sooner or later this force will end up winning the battle. I like to remember that the same definition of passion is “a feeling capable of dominating our will”. We believe that we decide many things, but it is not so.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting to write and wants to do it professionally?
I would recommend that you read a lot. I think that’s the most important thing. And then I would recommend that once you’ve written something, you look at the reactions of your own body when you reread that piece. If it has managed to move you in any way, then that piece is wonderful, regardless of whether the world wants to publish it or not.
What is your favorite books?
I don’t like talking about favorite books, it’s a lot of pressure to decide just a few. But as for writers I really like Joan Didion, Miranda July and Delphine De Vigan.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is when all the suffering has passed, and the blockage and the doubt and the questions and finally I come to write something that I feel proud of.[share]