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About mizvaldes

Alisa Valdes is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of commercial women’s fiction and young adult novels, short stories and memoir. She has a Masters in Journalism from Columbia, is a Pulitzer-nominated, award-winning former staff writer for the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times, and an Emmy-winning former TV reporter for WHDH-TV. Alisa has written and sold pilot scripts to Nickelodeon, NBC, and Lifetime Television. She lives in New Mexico.

Dropped Another Half a Pound!

  Woke up this morning, got on the scale – which I do every morning now. Another half a pound gone! Just…48 more to go. I can do this. How am I shedding pounds? E-Diets for food. And exercise. Yesterday … Continue reading

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Important! Moving This Blog

Hi everyone! I’m moving this blog, and would love for you to come along with me! From now on, I will be blogging at, under the tabs “writing tips” “recipes” and “diary”. I hope to see you there! Please … Continue reading

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Your Yawning Dog Isn’t Tired — She Just Loves You!

Empathy. It’s that amazing gift that allows us to feel for others — and, I’d argue, one of the essential qualities needed to write compelling fiction. But is empathy limited, as many scientists have long argued, only to human beings … Continue reading

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Postcard From El Paso, Texas

I was standing onstage before a packed auditorium at the El Paso International Museum of Art yesterday, getting toward the end of my keynote presentation for the Wise Latinas International Mujeres & Amigas Conference. I was talking about the plans … Continue reading

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Saturday Sucia Celebration: Kim Trujillo

Every Saturday I pick a fabulous, inspiring woman to celebrate as an example of what it means to be a “sucia” in the Dirty Girls Social Club sense of the word — which is to say a fierce, fun, educated, … Continue reading

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Film Update: The Gorgeous and Talented Gina Rodriguez Signs On To The Dirty Girls Social Club Film

I’m pleased to announce that the gorgeous and talented actress Gina Rodriguez has signed on to star in the Valdes Entertainment Enterprises film adaptation of my bestselling female friendship novel, THE DIRTY GIRLS SOCIAL CLUB! Gina is a rising star, … Continue reading

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What Good Writing and Good People Have in Common

In thinking about what makes writing good, I realized that many of the same qualities exist in good people. 1. Clarity. Good writing is clear. It makes its point without confusing you or weighing you down. Clear writing comes from … Continue reading

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