Christina Diaz Gonzalez is the author of several middle-grade and young adult novels. Her Moving Target duology (Moving Target and Return Fire) is a fast-paced fantasy series which tells the story of Cassie Arroyo, who discovers she has the ability to wield the powerful--and dangerous--Spear of Destiny. We loved the duology for its detailed plotting, strong sense of place, and brilliant characters. We were thrilled to interview Christina Diaz Gonzalez for this month's feature!
Rapunzel Reads: In the Moving Target duology, you evoke a strong sense of the setting (Italy). What inspired you to set these books there?
Christina Diaz Gonzalez: Setting is an important part of every book and I knew that this story required a place that blended old world legends with modern attributes. Italy fit the bill perfectly as I had taken a family trip to Rome and absolutely fallen in love with the mix of old and new.
RR: Do you have any tips for an aspiring writer?
CDG: My best tip for aspiring writers is to observe the world around you and let your imagination roam free. Some of the
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RR: Moving Target has a unique and varied cast, including a strong set of central characters in Cassie, Simone, and Asher. Do you have a favorite character? If so, why?
CDG: My favorite character is probably Cassie since, as the author, I’m telling the story through her eyes.
RR: What is your favorite thing about being an author?
CDG: My favorite thing is connecting with readers.
RR: What books inspired you when you were growing up?
CDG: I loved A Wrinkle in Time and the Nancy Drew mysteries.
RR: What was your favorite part of writing Moving Target?
CDG: I loved writing all the twists and turns that hopefully give the reader some unexpected surprises.