Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in suburban Los Angeles. He has worked as a used appliance salesman, a cashier and egg candler on a chicken ranch, and a retail manager while pursuing his BA in Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. He went on to earn his MFA in Writing from the University of California, Irvine, and served as the editor of their literary journal, Faultline. His first novel, Still Water Saints (Random House, 2007), which has been released simultaneously in Spanish, has been named a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection for Spring, 2007. Alex is currently at work on his next novel.