Life Story

Alisa Valdes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many novels. She’s also a screenwriter and producer who has had deals with Columbia Pictures, Lifetime Television, NBC, Starz, Nickelodeon and MarVista. She heads her own production company, Alisa Valdes Productions.

Published in 11 languages and with more than 1 million books in print, Alisa was named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Time magazine. Latina magazine named her a Woman of the Year; Entertainment Weekly hailed her as a Breakout Literary Star; and Hispanic Business magazine has twice named her among the 100 Most Influential people in the nation. She holds a literary achievement award from the National Hispanic Congressional Caucus, and is the top-selling Cuban American author in the world, credited with pioneering the “chica lit” genre of fiction.

Alisa is a former staff writer for the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times. She was named the nation’s top essayist by the Sunday Magazine Editor’s Association, when she was just 28 years old. She got Honorable Mention for Short Feature a couple years later while on staff at the L.A. Times, in the American Society of Newspaper Editors competition. While working as an on-air host for the Urban Update show on WHDH-TV in Boston, Alisa’s team won an Emmy for public service journalism. She holds a master’s in journalism from Columbia University. When American author Tom Wolfe was asked to select an author to be Artist in Residence at his alma mater, Washington & Lee, he chose Alisa, saying she was “the new me,” because of her biting social commentary and fearless way with words.

Alisa lives in New Mexico. In addition to writing and producing, she’s a saxophonist and songwriter with a bachelor’s from Berklee College of Music, where she was also an Artist in Residence.