High School Flashback Tour: Christina Gonzalez

Two more HS Flashbacks left before Friday's giveaway!  Christina Gonzalez, author of The Red Umbrella, was born in a small Southern town, but moved to the big city of Miami when she was in high school.  In high school she was a Majorette and had the silly nickname of Moose (the football coach gave it to her because she was small and the exact opposite of what people thought someone named Moose should look like).  You can read more about Christina on her website www.christinagonzalez.com, more about the book & giveaway at the end of the post and more about Christina in high school right here!


Who did you take to the prom?  For me, prom was not the stuff dreams are made of.  I wasn’t dating anyone at the time and my friend/date who was supposed to go with me ended up coming down with the chicken pox.  Yes, you read right.  The chicken pox!  It was about a week before prom and now I had no date.  Ugh.  Luckily, a very nice guy in one of my classes (who I had never really spoken to) stepped in and I went to prom with him.  I had a nice time, but I really didn’t know him very well so it was a bit strange.  I don’t even have pictures of that night because my high school photo album got lost during one of my moves. :-(

On weekend nights in high school, I usually...hung out with my friends going to the movies and then we’d cruise an area of Miami called Coconut Grove.  We’d drive up and down the strip, 4 or 5 of us in the car, with the windows lowered, just checking out the scene. This was all before the South Beach scene exploded into coolness.

What were you most likely to be in trouble for in high school?  I was pretty much a “good-girl” and never got in trouble at school. At home, I had my moments. It was all typical stuff like answering back to my parents, staying out past curfew or the occasional small lie (I’m going to study at the library when we were really going out to the mall or something). Sorry, no real juicy high school tales here.


The Red Umbrella

In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away.  Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.

As the revolution's impact becomes more oppressive, Lucía's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States —on their own.

Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life.  But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?

Buy The Red Umbrella here.


The Giveaway:  This Friday, May 21, one randomly-chosen entrant will win a glass slipper bookmark from Kay Cassidy, notepad, pen & bookmark from me, red umbrella from Christina Gonzalez, copy of Prophecy of Days from Christy Raedeke and a tote bag (to carry all of it!) from Kimberly Derting:


Comment on any of the Flashback Tour interview posts to enter.   

Each author will give away an identical package so be sure to visit Kay, Christy, Kimberly and Christina's blogs to check out their daily flashback tour posts and enter for five chance to win. 

Good luck!

PS - I'm cross-dressing at Kimberly Derting's blog today.