She's the only girl that was born in the family and she have 6 brothers.
She spend most of her time by herself to read and try to be successful.
i spend a lot of time by myself..
She thought she was poor and couldn't do good, but she sold a book to a major New York publishing house.
I sold a book, i feel so proud of myself!
"I am the only daughter in a Mexican family of six sons."
They had to move a lot because of their father.
"Being an only daughter in a family of six sons forced me by circumstance to spend a lot of time by myself. But that loneliness, was good for a would-be writer, it allowed me time to think and think, to imagine, to read and prepare myself."
She came to visit them for Christmas and have a little family time.
"Last year, after 10 years of writing professionally, the financial, the financial rewards started to trickle in. My second National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. A guest professorship at the University of California, Berkeley."
He was very proud of his daughter, he thought she couldn't be successful but she proved him wrong with her story.
"When we were growing up, we moved a lot because of my father.He suffered bouts of Nostalgia. We'd store the furniture with mother's relatives, load the station wagon with baggage and bologna sandwiches, and head south. To Mexico City.
"At Christmas, I flew home to Chicago. The house was throbbing, same as always, hot tamales, and sweet tamales."
" I went upstairs to my father's room. One of my stories had just been translated into Spanish and published in an anthology of Chicano and i wanted to show him. I found him watching a Pedro Infante on Galavision. He punched the mute button and read my story. He read it very slowly. He laughed at all the right places and read lines he liked out loud. When he was finally finished, he looked up and asked:" Where can we get more copies of this for the relatives?" Of all the wonderful things that happened to me last year, that was the most wonderful."