I wanted to name her after a very sacred saint from Mexico. The Virgin Guadalupe. I always loved the story of how the Virgin appeared to Juan Diego, a humble Mexican Christian Indian.
Give us a brief description of how she looks.
She’s five feet four, about 115-120 lbs. She’s a Latina with long brown hair with bangs. Large hazel eyes.
No. She does have a nervous habit of shaking her leg.
She loves her grandmother who has raised her since she was six years old.
She’s the only child being raised by her grandmother. Her mother deserted her when she was six years old. She doesn’t know anything about her father.
She was born in Santa Ana, Ca. She lives in Tustin.
Yes. She goes to a private school and being around mostly Anglo students makes her want to be like them. She’s embarrassed of living in her cramped apartment and having her friends find out. She also wants to be like her Anglo pop star Ashley Snow. I based this pop star on Ashley Simpson and other blonde pop stars.
To be like her peers at her middle school. She also wants to be accepted by them to the point she denies who she is.
She’s afraid of spiders. Which is ironic considering who she meets!
Yes. I started writing a short story for the LA Times section. I had Lupe in first grade and wanting to share her favorite story to her classmates. This is when she still believed in her grandmother’s tales of Ixtumea and the Spider Goddess.
I’m a former first grade teacher. I wondered what would happen if Lupe was one of my students and on her sharing day instead of bringing the usual princess book she brought a book based on a story from Ixtumea. I can only image the reaction from my class!
Someone who reads too much and actually believes some of Abuela’s crazy tales!
Though Lupe’s mother deserted her, she still loves and fantasizes about her returning. So when she finds her, mixed emotions surface. These feelings are almost too much for her to bear.
It was wonderful to meet her. Thank you for bringing her to meet us.