Here are five questions students often ask when I visit schools.
The real answers:
- How old are you?
Old enough to remember when Space Invaders was a high-tech computer game.
- Do you have kids?
No. What do you think I am? A goat? Only goats have kids.
- Where are you from?
Wait a minute! Now you think I'm an alien?
- Are you related to George López, Jennifer López, Mario López, and every other Lopez in the whole wide world?
You bet! They're my compadres, and every year, we get together for a giant talent show.
- Are you rich?
Unfortunately, I'm the poster child for "starving artist."
So what do I like to do besides reading and writing?
- Come on, now. My age is kinda private. But if you really have to know . . . on surveys, I check the box for over 50 years old.
- I don't have children, but I have lots of nephews and nieces.
- I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, the sparkling city by the sea.
- My maiden name is Martinez, so technically, I'm not related to any famous López people. My husband, who's a real López, isn't related to them either.
- I am so rich—with family, friends, and story ideas. Way better than lots of money!
- Teaching! It's not a job if you love it.
- Going for long walks or riding my bike.
- Playing board games, especially Settlers of Catan.
- Roaming around the country in search of bookmarks, refrigerator magnets, and ancient technologies like pay phones.
- Hanging out with my husband. Yes, it's corny! But he's my best friend.
Diana López is the author of the adult novella, Sofia's Saints and numerous middle grade novels, including Confetti Girl, Nothing Up My Sleeve, and Lucky Luna. She also wrote the novel adaptation for the Disney/Pixar film, Coco. Diana lives in Corpus Christi, Texas and teaches creative writing at the University of Houston-Victoria.