Susan and Denise Gonzales Abraham are daughters of Cecilia Gonzales Abraham, the title character of Cecilia's Year. The sisters were born and raised in El Paso, Texas, but spent holidays and every summer on their grandparentsí farm in Derry, New Mexico. They both graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a B.S. in Education.
Susan taught in the El Paso Independent School District for twenty-nine years as a high school English and business education teacher before retiring in 2002. The sisters have written a sequel to Cecilia's Year, titled Surprising Cecilia.