Maria de Alva is a Mexican Novelist. Two of her novels were finalists for the award Fernando Lara de Novela in Spain. Between 1993 and 1995, she worked as a reporter for the newspapers: Reforma and El Norte in Mexico. She graduated from UCLA with a masters degree in Latin American Studies. Maria also has a masters degree in Education from Tecnologico de Monterrey. She has participated in several academic conferences at universities such as UNAM, Brown University, Texas University, among others.