Inspired by the Blessed Mother Teresa who guided her writing, Emma’s childhood memories allow us to share the ups and downs, the joys, the sadness, of the migrant life in the U.S. in the late 1950s & 60s. Through her gifted use of imagery, Emma tells the dynamic stories of her struggles in short, vivid vignettes that allows the reader to experience her life through the eyes of a child. American born Emma Gonzalez was trapped in the nomadic lifestyle of her naturalized migrant American family. Her stories expose her family’s situation that spiraled downward economically for ten migrant years. She was dragged from Ovid, Colorado to Texas, to California, the only child of the later in life marriage, decades younger than her half siblings. Alienation from her family is constant in her writing, she felt the family held her significance to the equivalent of the field mice she played with in the fields. She resisted and educated herself. By fate, a Japanese farmer literally saved her life. Emma had hope, symbolized by the wearing of her faux pearls, she focusing on a better life. The only place where she had stability was in Ovid, her teachers, classmates and the town’s people “adopted” this lost migrant kid. (Spanish version coming soon)
About the Author:
American born Emma Gonzalez lives in Edinburg, Texas, though she grew up in Ovid, Colorado as a migrant kid while her family toiled in the sugar beet fields. Her later in life writing career was inspired by Blessed Mother Teresa. Emma published her first book "Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child and Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child Children's Edition" in 2015, her true life experiences of a migrant child and that of her family's during ten tumultuous years as migrants. Her sequel, "Paths of Pearls, After the Migrant Years" (2017) depicts Emma at age 15, as she struggles to shoulder the financial burdens after her father's death, to support her mother and herself, and fight to pursue her education and happiness. She draws strength from her past to survive this new, unsettling life. Her works have been selected by RiverSedge: A Journal of Art & Literature published by the University of Texas-Rio Grand Valley, Edinburg, Texas. Emma shares her life's story with migrant students to motivate them to stay in school, to reach for the stars, and for migrant parents, she offers heart-felt advice from her experiences. Emma lives with her husband of 45 years, loves to travel and is close to her children & grandchildren.