About the author

Allison writes YA and general speculative fiction. Her work often involves themes of adventure, exploration, feminism, and found families. More often than not, there’s a nod to aviation history somewhere in there.

As a pub trivia team captain, her head is filled with obscure facts that don’t lend themselves to everyday practicalities. She plays and occasionally runs D&D and other table-top role-playing games.

She has lived in California, Canada, and Great Britain, and returned to the beautiful Pacific Northwest in Autumn 2017.

What she’s been up to

  • Canadian Authors Association: Metro-Vancouver and Victoria Executive Board, Member-at-Large (2020)
  • WriteMentor mentee (2019)
  • Outstanding Contribution Award — SCBWI British Isles (2016)
  • Co-Organizer — SCBWI-BI Agents’ Party in London (2014 to 2016)
  • BFA Creative Writing, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2009)

Some favorite books and comics

  • Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge
  • Good-Bye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
  • An Enchantment of Ravens; Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • Going Postal; Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane
  • Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
  • Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja
  • Seeker by Jack McDevitt