The Feminist and The Cowboy: An Unlikely Love Story, New York Times bestselling author Alisa Valdes’ latest title, was released early in January of 2013. The book details her relationship with a conservative cowboy who challenged some of her life-long beliefs and made her re-evaluate her stance on male/female relationships. A few months before the memoir was released, Valdes suffered heartbreak and by the time the book hit the shelves, she publicly opened up about how and why the relationship ended. Valdes, whose numerous titles include The Dirty Girls Social Club, All that Glitters and The Husband Habit, told Mamiverse how she feels about the reactions to her memoir and discussed writing, publishing and freedom of speech in the United States. Mamiverse: How has writing and publishing a memoir been different from writing and publishing novels? Valdes: Beyond the obvious—memoir is nonfiction, novels are fiction—what has most fascinated me is the seeming inability of some in the reading public to accept nonfiction as “true” because it is more complicated, generally, than novels. In novels, or at least in the commercial fiction I have written up until now, the good guys are good and the bad guys are bad, period, and there’s not as much overlap and nuance as there seems to be in real life, or at least in my own real life.