Searching for intelligent writing that’s heartfelt and fun? You’re in the right place! If you enjoy the ideas and sensibility here, you’ll love my novels once they’re published.

About da-AL

da-AL with Emmy
My Emmy statuette.

Before I became a novelist, I was a reporter for cable TV, radio, and print, as well as a visual artist. My journalism awards include an Emmy.

My name was invented by my father, a proud Spaniard. My mother, from Argentina, endorsed it. Does it have anything to do with Salvador Dalí? Papá said no, that he didn’t remember where he got it. A raconteur, he would segue into the story of when he dropped by unannounced at the famous painter’s hotel room and was perplexed as to why he wasn’t invited in.

Travel was Papá’s raison d’etre. Within months of my birth in Florida, I was launched into a childhood of relocating between U.S. coasts, and parts of Spain.

My life today is still international. My Iranian-American husband and I share a passion for world dance, cuisine, music, travel, and literature.

Black lab-mix dogs warm my feet as I tap at these keys. Our kitty can be lured from her dent on my mother’s bed by the sound of a can of tuna being opened.

da-Al with youngest black lab mix
The baby of the family.

We reside close enough and far enough from Southern California beaches to enjoy cool sunny weather year round.


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238 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Thank you so much da-Al for stopping by my Blog leaving your kind words! I am happy to know that you like my art ❤ I hope you will visit again and stay connected following each other! Nice to read your about you and Congratulations on your Emmy! Best wishes, Carolina

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  2. I used to live in the San Diego area and found the weather in recent years to be sadly over-hyped. People who have lived there for decades (near the beach) have had to install air conditioning in recent years.

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