Author Interview: Christina Diaz Gonzalez

May 30, 2010

I’m very excited to post this interview with Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of the highly-acclaimed novel, The Red Umbrella. I’d like to thank Ms. Gonzalez for taking the time to answer the questions and for being so kind. Enjoy the interview!

Is there an author or novel that inspired you to become a writer?

As a kid (which is when I first dreamed of becoming a writer) I loved the Nancy Drew books and A Wrinkle in Time.

What do you hope to accomplish as a writer?

I’d love to be able to inspire other people to follow their dreams.

Did you take any writing classes after graduating law school?
No. I joined a critique group which really helped to develop my craft.

How long did it take you to write The Red Umbrella?

I wrote the novel in about 2 months (it had been a short story before that).

Do you feel like you have a stronger connection to your family history after all the research you did for The Red Umbrella?

I think I have more empathy for what the people involved with Operation Pedro Pan went through, but I’ve always had an incredibly close connection to my family history.

What do you hope readers will take/learn from the novel?

That home is more than just a physical place, its wherever you are loved and accepted.

Are you working on anything else?

Yes, but I don’t want to reveal too much about it just yet.

What’s something your readers may not know about you?
I am a huge fan of the TV show Lost…I’m happy that the finale is no longer airing on my release day (too much excitement for one evening!)
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