Digna Esperanza Gonzalez was born on December 18, 1956, in the beautiful village of Moroceli, El Paraiso, Honduras in Central America. Two years later, her mother moved to another village called Las Mercedes, in the outskirts of the beautiful valley of Comayagua. There, she spent her childhood where the special gift of reciting and writing, emerged at the very young age of 5.
At a special event at her school, Little Digna was given a poem to recite, instead, she wrote one of her own and her teacher was pleasantly surprised about her ability to write and recite at that young age. From there on, she recited in every event at the school. Digna's inspiration and ability to write her thoughts in a particular way caught the attention of those who listened and often made them weep with emotion. Her talent was also very obvious when she took popular songs and changed the words completely and put her own words to express her feelings. That is how she grew, with poetry and music.
Digna tells us "When I was eight years-old, I used to day dream. I dreamed about writing books. I dreamed that many singers sang the things I wrote. I lived like this, dreaming and dreaming."
From childhood through adolescence, Digna went through very difficult times and on four occasions when she was a teenager and as an adult, she attended suicide but, miraculously, she was saved. After finishing elementary school, she moved to the capital city, Tegucigalpa where she studied at Vicente Caceres Institute; there she finished high school. It was in this school where Digna had a teacher who recognized her talent and gave her oratory lessons. "She was a very strict mentor but that, helped me in a big way" recalls Digna. That also contributed tremendously to develop and affirm her passion for poetry and writing.
In the midst of tremendous adverse circumstances, Digna went to higher education at the Minerva's Institute in Tegucigalpa, where she graduated as a Commercial Secretary and went to work for a large company and she was very successful.
For ten years Digna stopped writing and reciting, and it seemed like her dream and passion for this art had died in the midst of so much turmoil in her life. In 1984, Digna came to the U.S. and two years later, she experienced the joy of having a personal relationship with Jesus as her Savior. It was then, that she found out that there was hope for her dreams to come alive again. In 1989 she began congregating at a Hispanic church, Verbo of New Orleans with her three daughters.
Two weeks before a Thanksgiving Dinner event at the church, she told one of the leaders about her passion to write poems.She was given the opportunity to recite a poem she had written for that special occasion and that, was a success and the rebirth of her dreams. At this church, she met Victor Gonzalez, the church’s Music Pastor; they fell in love and married in April 1991. With full support of her husband, who then was her producer, and others, she was encouraged to write and continue to pursue her dreams, and one by one her dreams begun to come to fruition.
Digna has been invited to special church meetings. She has traveled to California, Texas, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras and has recited to thousands of people. She has been on radio and TV as well. Digna wrote her first poetry book in 1999, entitled, Cuando Tu Me Inspiras (When You Inspires Me). Three poems from this book were sung by the famous and recognized Honduran singer Jorge Gomez Sr. on his CD, Cuando Busco Tu Rostro, (When I Seek Your Face). She has also written songs for a young promising singer Jorge Gomez Jr. Digna's dreams came true finally; her poems and songs were sung by artists.
In March 31 of 2003 at a special dinner, Digna was given the recognition as a Poet by A.H.U.N.NO. (Association of Hispanic and United Artist of New Orleans), for her accomplishments in the art of poetry with a beautiful trophy.
One dream births another dream. After writing her book of poems, Digna and her husband planed their next project: the production of a CD. Not only would show Digna's talent for writing and expressing God's love, but also her unique inspirational voice. After three years in the making the results was one of a kind, Inspiraciones (Inspirations), available on her site, www.inspiraciones.net. Also, her peculiar voice was used to narrate biblical passages for the Spanish version of The Healing Word (La Palabra Sanadora available at www.jdm.org), a beautiful book and CD, by Rev. Cathy Duplantis, co-founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries.
Digna’s dreams continue to come through, with the release in October of 2008, of her first novel, The Shadow of the Scorned. Which in reality, is her own life story.
Her book has been an inspiration to many, including in a women's prison where she has shared her story and copies of her book were given to the inmates.
Digna continues to write her second novel, The Return of Victoria, a fictional tale of a woman being abducted and after living in a forein country far away. Fate finds the way to reunite with her husband and children. A story that will inspire you to never give up.