NY Times Bestselling Author Inks Deal with Prestigious NY Literary Agency InkWell Management

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Alisa Valdes, named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Time magazine, has completed the first book in a fiction series set along the Mexico-US border, and has signed on with  prestigious NY literary agency InkWell Management to sell it. LINES IN THE SAND, the first book in the sexy, action-packed BORDERLANDS series, tells the … [Read more...]

Music Monday – Lord Huron is a Postmodern Springsteen

  This week, as I do the rewrites on my new novel, LINES IN THE SAND, I am listening to an indie folk band out of Los Angeles called LORD HURON. They've been around since 2012 but I only recently "discovered" them. There are so many things to love about this band. Lord Huron seems to me like what might happen if you put Bruce Springsteen in a blender with global musical awareness and … [Read more...]

Bestselling Author Chimes in On the Idris Elba 007 Controversy Saying Authors Don’t Own Their Characters, Readers Do

The news and social media have been abuzz with recent comments by Anthony Horowitz, author of a forthcoming James Bond novel, in which he said he felt British actor Idris Elba was "too street" to play the famously "suave" British agent 007. Actress Zoe Saldana tweeted and Facebooked a direct challenge to the writer, saying, "Hmm.... please enlighten us Mr. Horowitzzzz can you define what you … [Read more...]

Alisa Valdes’ Song of the Week

It's no secret that I love music. My bachelor's degree is in music, from Berklee College of Music in Boston - the world's top modern music conservatory. I put myself through school in part by playing saxophone in salsa and merengue bands, and was even part of a group that opened for Marc Anthony! I got my start as a paid writer by doing jazz and Latin music reviews for the Boston Globe, and later … [Read more...]

Alisa Valdes’ Five Road Trip Travel Essentials

I am lucky that I get to live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which I think of as one of the most beautiful places on earth. I am also lucky that my work often takes me to Los Angeles, which I think of as one of the most exciting places on earth. I am unlucky, however, in that I am terrified of flying and will only do so if there is no other choice. This means you can often find me driving the 12 long … [Read more...]