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Alisa Valdes (formerly Valdes-Rodriguez) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of commercial women’s fiction and young adult novels, including The Dirty Girls Social Club. She has a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, is a Pulitzer-nominated, award-winning former staff writer for the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times, was named the top essayist in the nation by SUNMAG, and is 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.