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Alisa Valdes is an American author, journalist, and film producer born on February 28, 1969, in Albuquerque, New Mexico United States.
Alisa Valdes Biography and Career
Alisa Valdes is a renowned American author best known for her bestselling novel, “The Dirty Girls Social Club.” With an impressive literary career, she is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, having written over a dozen commercial women’s fiction, young adult novels, and memoirs.
“The Dirty Girls Social Club” has achieved remarkable success, selling close to 700,000 copies in the United States alone and being published in 11 different languages worldwide, including Icelandic, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Chinese, French, Polish, and Korean.
Recognized as “The Latina Terry McMillan” by the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets, Alisa was the first U.S.-born Latina author to write commercial mainstream women’s fiction centered around successful Latina women.
Her influential contributions to literature have earned her various accolades, including being named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Time magazine, and twice among the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine.
Latina magazine also honored her as a Woman of the Year, while Entertainment Weekly hailed her as a Breakout Literary Star, and CNN recognized her as one of the 20 Most Influential US Hispanics.
Alisa Valdes pursued her passion for journalism and graduated with honors from the Berklee College of Music, where she also began her journalism career, writing freelance music reviews for The Boston Globe. She later obtained a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University.
Her journalistic expertise led her to become a Pulitzer-nominated, award-winning former staff writer for The Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times, as well as an Emmy-winning former TV reporter for WHDH-TV.
Amidst her journalism career, Alisa made her mark in the literary world, starting with the release of her first novel, “The Dirty Girls Social Club,” which garnered much attention and acclaim. Following its success, she continued to write captivating novels and memoirs, showcasing her diverse storytelling abilities.
Apart from her literary pursuits, Alisa is also a talented saxophonist, having earned a bachelor’s degree in performance on the tenor sax from Berklee College of Music. Additionally, she is the Founder and President of Valdes Entertainment Enterprises, LLC, a production company dedicated to developing her novels for the big and small screen.
Alisa Valdes’ contributions to literature and media have been significant, and her determination to bring compelling stories to life continues to captivate audiences around the world.
Alisa Valdes Age
Alisa Valdes was born on February 28, 1969, in Albuquerque, New Mexico United States.
Alisa Valdes Family
Alisa Valdes was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico United States to father, Nelson Valdés, who is a retired sociology professor at the University of New Mexico, and he emigrated from Cuba in the early 1960s.
Her mother, Maxine Conant, is a seventh-generation New Mexican of mixed heritage, including Spanish, Mexican, French Jewish, Native American and Irish ancestry, with English lines tracing directly back to Roger Conant, founder of Salem, Massachusetts, and Vermont revolutionary Ethan Allen. Ms. Conant is an award-winning poet and novelist.