Welcome to Author Christina Gonzalez
Christina Diaz Gonzalez is the author of the award-winning and best-selling children’s novel, THE RED UMBRELLA. Ms. Gonzalez’s debut novel (the story of a 14 year old Cuban girl who is sent to the U.S. in 1961 as part of Operation Pedro Pan) showcases the generosity of the American spirit and highlights the pain of losing one’s homeland. Reviewers from publications such as The Washington Post, Publisher’s Weekly and School Library Journal have praised the book as being exceptional, compelling and inspirational. Her second novel, A THUNDEROUS WHISPER, is to be released in Fall 2012.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’m the type of person who reads a little bit of the ending of a book (just to know if I like where the story will go)… so I would have to say that I’d like a sneak peak at the future.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so I like a lot of things. At the moment, I’m craving blueberry pancakes, but I can always be convinced to get some eggs, grits and toast.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Miami is great, but I would absolutely love to spend a few months every year on Amalfi coast in Italy.
What is your favorite Quote?
Do or do not, there is no try. – Yoda
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Absolutely! There’s a little bit of me in all my main characters.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Don’t let writer’s block (or a desire to write a scene perfectly) stop you. A poorly written page is easier to revise than a blank one.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
Fall. I love the changing of the leaves and crispness in the air. Too bad we don’t really have much of that in Miami.
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Recently I had some minor surgery and I watched a lot of the Long Island Medium. I was hooked.
Favorite places to travel?
Grand Cayman and Italy
Soccer (especially when my kids play)
TV or Movies?
TV (especially if JJ Abrams has something to do with it)
Print or Ebook?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Coke or Pepsi?
Beach or Pool?
Shoes or Sandals?
Sandals… unless I can get away with wearing boots. I love boots, but South Florida weather usually doesn’t give me many days to wear them.
Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook – come by and friend me!
A Thunderous Whisper
Ani believes she is just an insignificant whisper of a 12-year-old girl in a loud world. This is what her mother tells her anyway. Her father made her feel important, but he’s been off fighting in Spain’s Civil War, and his voice in her head is fading. Then she meets Mathias. His family has just moved to Guernica and he’s as far from a whisper as a 14-year-old boy can be. Ani thinks Mathias is more like lightning. A boy of action. Mathias’s father is part of a spy network and soon Ani finds herself helping him deliver messages to other members of the underground. She’s actually making a difference in the world.
And then her world explodes. The sleepy little market town of Guernica is destroyed by Nazi bombers. In one afternoon Ani loses her city, her home, her mother. But in helping the other survivors, Ani gains a sense of her own strength. And she and Mathias make plans to fight back in their own unique way.