Doreen Carvajal was born and raised in California. She studied journalism as an undergraduate at The University of California at Berkeley and San Jose State University. She has worked as a journalist for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times and other publications for more than 25 years, covering a myriad of topics, from immigration and book publishing to international investigations that included tracking fugitive war criminal Ratko Mladic, art theft and a brazen gang of diamond thieves known as the Pink Panthers.
Her stories from Europe have chronicled the fall of Ireland's richest man and the epic legal clash between French billionaire Liliane Bettencourt and her daughter.
Her first book, "The Forgetting River," is about her search to recover her Catholic family's hidden Sephardic Jewish roots in a mystical white pueblo on Spain's southern frontier in Andalusia. It was a journey that began ultimately after her canceled goodbye party on September 11 in New York.
She lives in a stone farmhouse and writes mornings in local cafes in Paris with good wifi connections.