Alyssa Padilla is a novelist who grew up in Brownsville, Texas. Her love for writing began early when she wrote her first short story at the age of five. After graduating high school, she pursued her undergraduate degree in English at The University of Texas at Austin. During her four years at the university she wrote two novels, The Brigades of Aldo and Across Eight States. Her debut novel, The Brigades of Aldo, will be officially released June 1st, 2015. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.