Carlos Allende is a media psychology scholar and a writer of fiction. He has written three novels: Cuadrillas y Contradanzas, a historical melodrama set during the War of Reform in Mexico; Love, or the Witches of Windward Circle, a horror farce set in Venice, California, and Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love, a dark comedy about two gay guys for whom it didn’t get better—trying to get away with crime. He won the Quill Prose Award 2019 from Red Hen Press. He has a Ph.D. in media Psychology. The focus of his research is narrative persuasion and narrative persuasion. He developed the course The Psychology of Compelling Storytelling, which he currently teaches in the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension. He lives in Santa Monica with his husband.