Tatiana Pagés-Cortiñas is an emerging writer, daughter of a Catalonian father and a Chilean mother. She was raised in Chile, Bolivia, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic and has a Spanish passport. She worked and lived in Chicago, Colombia, Barcelona, London and now lives in Manhattan with her husband and 24-year-old daughter. By living in all these culturally diverse places she was able to experience and connect with the life of a spy.
A Bachelor in Communication Arts from University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign and Universidad de Barcelona. Tatiana comes from an entrepreneurial background using the power of strategy and design thinking as gateway to innovation and writing stories. Her branding expertise in cross-cultural markets enables her to breach the threshold of storytelling from strategy to fiction. She has been a faculty member of the Altos de Chavon School of Design - Parsons affiliated for 5 years and with her design talent and concern for the environment had created the “Origomu” movement transforming debris into Objet-Trouve Artwear inspiring more than 500 designers in 25 countries. She converted Origomu into a Business Model for Women in Prison teaching more than 200 inmates in New York, Colombia and Dominican Republic.
Tatiana’s writing skills began by developing more than 20 Strategy’s Rationals and articles such as “the Life of Charles Bluhdorn”. She then moved to storytelling by getting immersed in workshops with James Bonnet in France plus three years of weekly classes with him through Skype. Bonnet was elected twice to the Board of Directors of the Writer’s Guild of America and recently was honored for his contribution to the hit TV “Barney Miller”. His book “Stealing Fire from the Gods” was Tatiana’s platform and guide for her book. The personal yet distant involvement of Tatiana allowed her to capture the essence of the story from within and from afar. Her background as a marketing specialist and activist designer make her an outstanding storyteller, captivating the reader beyond the fascinating plot with the richness of the photography and the sensory descriptions make you feel present at the scene. Tatiana's narrative non-fiction book, "The Admiral, The Ballerina and Mr. Switche" is a story within a story, a work of narrative nonfiction that uncovers a man's truths through the hidden lives of his parents who, for decades, were double agents working for the CIA and FBI, involved in missions that changed the landscape of recent history. A true story based on the author's interviews with living sources, eyewitness account, archival research, and her husband Alberto's memories. Documentation includes CIA and FBI papers signed by Allen Dulles, J. Edgar Hoover and others, who are also key characters in this tale.