Born in Manhattan a while ago, Deirdre Mendoza writes about culture, travel, entertainment, and women in the arts. She’s been a staff writer, a freelancer, and a West Coast editor for publications including: Msmagazine.com. Miami New Times, Daily Variety, InStyle, Women’s Wear Daily, WWD.com, The L.A. Weekly, and The Los Angeles Times. Her screenplays and digital series (Dogged) have been in competition at Sundance New Voices Lab, The Austin Film Festival, and other national festivals. Her short fiction has been published in journals, including The Adirondack Review, Rainsongs, and Bluenotes. Real Lives of Married People: Three Stories, will be published by 8 Fold (2020). Deirdre earned an M.F.A. from Antioch University, L.A., and studied screenwriting at UCLA’s school of Film, Theatre and Television. She is a dog lover and the proud mama of two outstanding people. She currently writing at SoCal colleges and universities.