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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224 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. First of all, I have to tell you that your dogs are adorable. I love the little bit of white on their faces. My little chihuahua mix has the same thing going on. We joke that she’s going gray with me.

    Good luck on your upcoming novel! That’s exciting stuff. 😀

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