Q: Which came first, the stories or the quilts, and which
is your passion?
A: I write the story, then I make the quilt to match, and then
the illustrations. My passions cross over into my work - family,
fabric, and food.
Q: What do you consider to be the best thing about writing?
A: To share my stories with others. Many stories are lost from
generation to generation. I can share them and, hopefully, they
will warm the heart and be remembered.
Q: Why did you, as a writer, decide to choose this point in
Alberto's life to have Tia Lilly give him this particular gift?
A: First, I wanted to show that the events that happen in our
lives touch us forever. I also wanted to show that Albert had
grown into a young adult and planned to continue his education.
Q: Is The Piñata Quilt based on real people
or a real event?
A: Yes. My sister and I were the piñata makers,
and we did make one that no one could break. My father had to
cut it with a knife. All the names in the book are those of family
members and friends.
Q: Why did you include the little hidden mouse feature?
A: My niece came over as I was doing the illustrations for the
first book. She was 4 at the time and was not reading yet. She
asked me to put "Where's Waldo" on each page. I tried
to explain copyright law to her and it went over her head. So
I put a mouse on each page to make her happy. She is in school
now and reading well, but if I forget the mouse I am in trouble.
We have mouse checkers here so I don't forget.
Q: What do you want people to know about this book?
A: I want children to remember to be honorable, and to know that
we can all learn from our lessons. I want them to know that our
traditions need to be remembered, and it is appropriate to take
pride in them.