Gonzalo Lira (born February 29, 1968) is an American novelist, filmmaker and economic blogger born in Burbank, California. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley, New York City, and Miami, as well as Guayaquil, Ecuador. He attended Dartmouth College in 1991, and graduated 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.
After moving to lower Manhattan in 1998, Lira wrote, produced, and directed a comic short film, So Kinky. He worked developing video games such as Soldier of Fortune. He wrote his next novel, Acrobat
, in 2002. The novel was subsequently purchased by Miramax to be turned into a motion picture. In 2002, he moved to Chile. He began writing and producing Spanish language feature films. He co-wrote, produced and directed the film Catalina’s Kidnapping, a Spanish language thriller in 2006.
Starting in 2010, Lira began contributing economic analysis to Zero Hedge, Naked Capitalism, Seeking Alpha and Business Insider; in Zero Hedge, one of his posts was the second most read of 2010.
is the tenth most visited economic blog, and his Strategic Planning Group
provides analysis on the possibilities of "black swan" events and how individuals can prepare for them.