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. Her first novel, The Brigades of Aldo, was released in 2015 and her second novel, Ekland: The Journal of Grayson Tyler Mitchell, was released in 2016. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.