Lucia Gonzalez was born in 1957 in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in Cuba and Miami. She attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Tampa in Florida. She has always been fascinated by the folktales of other countries, and has lived in Spain, Mexico, and Venezuela. It was while living in Venezuela that Gonzalez came up with the idea that would lead to her books for children: she discovered that many of the folktales there were similar to the ones she had grown up with, with only slight variations. “Since then,” she explains, “my dream became to compile some of the most popular stories told to children throughout the Americas and retell them in English so that I could pass them onto our children in the U.S.A.” Gonzalez has made her dream come true. In 1994 she published The Bossy Gallito, which was a Pura Belpre Award Honor Book and included on the Aesop Accolade list by the Children's Folklore Section in the American Folklore Society. Her 1998 book, Senor Cat's Romance and Other Favorite Stories from Latin America, was named an Americas Award Commended Title. Both books were illustrated by acclaimed artist Lulu Delacre. Lucia M. Gonzalez lives in Florida with her husband, Jose, and their two children.