Hey there! My name’s Allison, and I’m a writer.
My passion for turning thoughts into words into stories began as soon as I learned to hold a crayon. Like most toddlers, I couldn’t write very well, so I just drew the pictures on construction paper and my mom wrote in the captions. (And so, some of the cleanest and most ridiculous Disney fanfictions in the world were produced.)
Fast-forward a few years. When I was ten, I discovered word processors, and began churning out several fifteen-page “novels” (featuring scanned-in pencil illustrations) that entertained my friends and evoked a variety of interesting reactions from the grownups in my life.
I wouldn’t be a writer if I wasn’t also a reader. When I was little, our neighborhood was visited frequently by the local library’s bookmobile, which I boarded for my weekly fill of Nancy Drew Mystery Stories and Sherlock Holmes. (Eventually, I read everything on the shelves, the librarian-driver kindly restocked the kids’ fiction shelves just for me.) Some of my earliest influences were the Stratemeyer Syndicate, Harold L. Goodwin, and Peter Lerangis. You might know them better as Franklin W. Dixon, Carolyn Keene, John Blaine, and … Anne M. Martin’s frequent ghostwriter. 😛
The book mobile was a gas-guzzling eighties relic that eventually broke down for the last time, but that didn’t stop me from reading … and reading … and reading some more. Today, I’m a big fan of Arthur Conan Doyle, Christopher Paolini, Timothy Zahn, Ann Rinaldi, the Bronte Sisters, J.R.R. Tolkien, Agatha Christie, and Maryrose Wood.
A couple of years ago, I self-published a novelette for young readers. It’s junk. Please don’t buy it. But it did help secure my bragging right of being a young writer who got published under the age of twenty, and it still gives my folks a lot of naches. (No, I’m not talking about tortilla chips dripping with melted cheese, but that’s pretty awesome too.)
As a writer, I’m constantly improving and evolving. Everything is a learning experience. While I may look back at the silly stuff I penned in my early teens and tweens with a cringe, I can also smile a little, because it’s one of many small tokens, artifacts, that show where I was at that stage of my writing life. So it’s more like a cringe-smile, if you will.
Lately, my writing has been limited to product descriptions (for which I am getting paid decently) and answering endless armies of essay questions, but I still find time here and there to write for fun.
Please join me as I continue on this never-ending journey, albeit a little slower than it used to be.
All the best,
Find me on:
Young Writers Society – @AllisontheWriter
Figment – Allison Rose
Goodreads – AllisontheWriter
Twitter – @alliethehamster
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P.S. If you made it this far, here are five fun facts about me:
1. I once balanced Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on my head for a good few minutes, while standing on one foot, before losing my balance.
2. On that subject, my Patronus (some sort of magically conjured apparition to draw away the bad guys) is apparently a type of bird called a Swift.
3. My favorite food is macaroni and cheese of the boxed mix variety. Let’s face it – the healthier homemade kind just isn’t quite as magical.
4. Besides writing, my hobbies include voice acting, playing guitar, designing geeky costumes on a budget, and programming games.
5. My very first and all-time favorite fandom is Star Wars. (I like the new movies very much, but the Legends/Expanded Universe books will always have a special place in my heart.) Sorry Trekkies and Whovians. 😛