First was Tomás

Son of Alberto Gonzalez and Tulia Gutierrez, Tomás Gonzalez is the nephew of the writer, lawyer and philosopher Fernando González Ochoa, who shared some of his childhood years in Envigado. The relationship with his uncle was very close, and direct, because they both lived on adjoining farms. The way Fernando interacted with people of all kinds and their farm animals quickly made ​​him a figure of reference and personal admiration for Tomás; thanks to this, one of the protagonists in "La historia de Horacio" is based on him. Twenty years later, the writer returned to his uncle's house, now converted into a museum dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of his work. From him he learned "to look at life with your own eyes, not with anyone else ".

Tomás Gonzalez studied at Colegio La Salle de Envigado, school from where he graduated. After school, he began the Chemical Engineering career at the Bolivarian University of Medellín, but then chose philosophy because he got bored. After finishing his career, he traveled six months to Strasbourg, France. He returned to Colombia and worked as a bartender in a Bogota bar while writing "First was the sea". After  writing of the novel, he traveled with his family to Miami, where he lived three years. Then they moved to New York for sixteen years.

Recently he has begun to publicize his work in Colombia. Several experts attribute some of this silence to his particular literary style. Therefore, Gonzalez is for many an inarguable good writer. An interview to him by another author he said he has always preferred "readers involved in the creation of the novel or story, that is, taking the data to be leaving Colprensa agency and they themselves are history. It is a very different reader readers commercial novels, is a more difficult to please and demanding reader with the writer. That to me is more interesting. Thanks to that there is that kind of readers is that I interested in writing"

Literary development

The passion for reading was instilled by his mother, who shared with him and his brothers’ books by Jules Verne and Emilio Salgari. Several years later, in the sixties, González was dedicated to study Latin American boom writers, especially Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar and Juan Rulfo. Moreover, in poetry he prefers Jose Asuncion Silva, Leon de Greiff and Federico Garcia Lorca.

Literary vision

For Gonzalez, literature is a way of exploring the world, believing that writing helps to understand it and live in it: "Literature is the ability to understand through recreation, astonishment, admiration, joy and even the awe horror."

Despite having lived a part of his life in the United States, he does not consider writing from the outside is too important for the literary work, because as he says, he is convinced that the artist has a picture of the world that accompanies him everywhere and you can recreate without having to leave their land. In fact, he states that any situation of life is raw material for writing, because life and death are always present in the world.


While accepting that journalism could have been a good training camp for the preparation of his style, he believes that the use of your life to make fiction is a kind of journalism, having no qualms to use actual facts in his work.

@Copyright Federico Luna Rodríguez 2015

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