Searching for intelligent writing that’s heartfelt (tails), fun, and often animal-loving (happiness and tails)? You’re in the right place! If you enjoy the ideas and sensibility here, you’ll love my novels once they’re published — “Flamenco & the Sitting Cat” and its sequel, “Tango & the Sitting Cat”.

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 the idea of my father, a proud Spaniard. My mother, from Argentina, endorsed it. Within months of my birth in Florida, I was launched into a childhood of relocations throughout the United States and Spain.

Today life remains international, though now my travels are vacations. My Iranian-American husband and I share a passion for world dance, cuisine, music, travel, and literature.

The dear lab-mix dog in the photo keeps me from sitting too long 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 breezes and sunshine year-round.


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258 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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