Alysia Gonzalez is the pen name of children’s book author and homeschool Mom, Alysia Hurtado. She is the wife of Christopher Hurtado, a mother of nine and author of Mikey and the Monster Vacuum. She lives with her husband and her five youngest children in Mapleton, Utah, but is a Texan through and through. Although born in Provo, Utah, Alysia was raised in Huntsville, Texas. She graduated from Huntsville High School in 1991, then returned to her hometown to study at Brigham Young University. She graduated from BYU in 1995 with a B.A. in Spanish Translation with a minor in Journalism Studies. After graduating she taught fourth grade bilingual in Conroe ISD and Cy-Fair ISD back in Texas before becoming an author. She has been homeschooling for five years now. Follow Alysia as she blogs, cleans, cooks, creates, organizes, runs, teaches, and writes.