Born in Lubbock, Texas, Chris Gonzales is a Texas native that has also lived in New Mexico. He has two daughters, eight-year-old Olivia and five-year-old Emilia. He was raised by his mother and grew up with his siblings, and had many uncles and a grandfather that he looked up to as father figures. As a child, he was always reminded that a good work ethic is invaluable. After high school, he went on to study at Sam Houston State University for his Bachelor's degree in Psychology, to Texas A&M University-Commerce for his MA in English, and to The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH for his PhD. Some of his favorite books include: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz; the short stories of Jorge Luis Borges; and Dubliners by James Joyce. His hobbies include watching competitive cooking shows. He also likes to watch sports and enjoys running and physical fitness. Inspired by acts of selflessness, film, paintings, sculpture, drama, poetry, short stories, or novels, Chris is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University-Commerce.