Allison writes teen/YA and crossover fiction, and has a keen interest in illustrated fiction. She loves stories that walk through many genres and are told by slightly broken MCs. Most of her manuscripts are set in different whens and different wheres, because anywhere is more interesting than here.
A trans-Atlantic nomad, Allison has spent the last several years in just outside of London, England, though she will be returning to her native Pacific Northwest in 2017.
If not found glued to her keyboard, she’s most likely rambling the hills that surround her English village (or binging on her latest TV show obsession–let’s be honest here).
She earned a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. This has led to as many jobs as you’d expect.
Member of SCBWI and Assistant Coordinator for the SCBWI-BI annual Agents’ Party in London (2014 to present).
Some Favourite Books (and Comics):
- Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
- The Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett
- The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Emma by Jane Austen
- Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
- Alanna series by Tamora Pierce
- Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
- Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane
- Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
- Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- Giant Days by John Allison and Lissa Treiman
- Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja
- Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
- Seeker by Jack McDevitt
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien
“Are we riding far tonight, Gandalf?” asked Merry after a while. “I don’t know how you feel with small rag-tag dangling behind you; but the rag-tag is tired and will be glad to stop dangling and lie down.”
“So you heard that?” said Gandalf. “Don’t let it rankle! Be thankful no longer words were aimed at you. He had his eyes on you. If it is any comfort to your pride, I should say that, at the moment, you and Pippin are more in his thoughts than the rest of us. Who you are; how you came here, and why; what you know; whether you were captured, and if so, how you escaped when all the orcs perished—it is with those little riddles that the great mind of Saruman is troubled. A sneer from him, Meriadoc, is a compliment, if you feel honoured by his concern.”
“Thank you!” said Merry. “But it is a greater honour to dangle at your tail, Gandalf. For one thing, in that position one has a chance of putting a question a second time. Are we riding far tonight?”
Gandalf laughed. “A most unquenchable hobbit! All wizards should have a hobbit or two in their care—to teach them the meaning of the world, and to correct them.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers