Javier Valenzuela was born in Granada (Spain) in December 1954. He graduated in Economics (University of Valencia) and works as a journalist and writer. Author of the Crónica Negra blog,Valenzuela has published twelve books, nine of them journalistic and three novels (Pólvora, tabaco y cueroLimones negros & Tangerina).

Javier Valenzuela was a Staff Correspondent for El País in Lebanon (1986-1988), Morocco (1988-1990), France (1990-1993) and the United States (1996-2001).

As a Special Correspondent, he covered news events in Iran, Iraq, Israel, Bosnia, Egypt, Turkey, Algeria, Senegal, South Africa, Cuba and China, among other countries.

Between 1993 and 1995 he was Deputy Editor of the Madrid newsroom of El País.

Javier Valenzuela has interviewed many political leaders, including Nelson Mandela, George W. Bush, Yasir Arafat, François Mitterrand, Hassan II, Queen Noor of Jordan, Hosni Mubarak, Dalai Lama, Felipe González and José María Aznar.

Between spring 2004 and spring 2006 Javier Valenzuela was General Director in the Spanish Prime Minister's Office and Spokesperson for the Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. His fourth book, Viajando con ZP (Debate, 2007) is an account of this experience.

In 2013 he was the founder and first director of the magazine tintaLibre.

He has published twelve books, the last three the noir novels Pólvora, tabaco y cuero (Huso, 2019), Limones negros (Anantes, 2017) & Tangerina (Martínez Roca, 2015).

Among other awards, Javier Valenzuela has received the Civil Merit Medal of the Kingdom of Spain in 2006.