Gonzalo Lira (born February 29, 1968) is an American novelist and filmmaker born in Burbank, California.
He is the son of Gonzalo Lira Valdés and María Isabel López Hess; he is a descendant of José Miguel Carrera. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley, New York City, and Miami, as well as Guayaquil, Ecuador. He completed high school at St. George’s College in Santiago, Chile, in 1985. He attended Dartmouth College in 1991, graduating with honors in 1995, with a degree in history and philosophy.
His first novel was Counterparts, a commercial thriller published in 1997. His first Spanish language novel was Tomáh Errázurih, a highly experimental coming-of-age story published in 1998. Starting in 2010, Lira began contributing economic analysis to Zero Hedge, naked capitalism, Seeking Alpha and Business Insider.