Alison inherited the writing gene from her father, Lee, and grew up composing stories on everything from napkins to typewriters. Her talent earned her awards throughout school, a two page spread featuring her work in her senior yearbook, and even saved her from failing college chemistry. But it wasn’t until she moved to California after college that she wrote her first full-length novel, and that’s when God made Alison’s oldest dream come true.
Waterbrook Press (now Waterbrook Multnomah) picked up Worlds Collide and published it in 2005. Violette Between followed in 2006 and earned Alison a nomination for the prestigious Rita Award from the Romance Writers of America—a shock, since she hadn’t realized she was writing romances. After taking a break to become a mom to Abigail and Penelope Jane, she landed two contracts with David C. Cook and Zondervan to write a total of four more novels that released in 2010 and ’11.
Parenthood turned Alison’s head (as well as her husband Daniel’s) to children’s books, and together they penned the award-winning That’s Where God Is, the first in a series of children’s books on spiritual formation, which released in 2010 and was followed the next year by That’s When I Talk to God.
Alison and her family now live in Colorado. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, obsessively stalking her favorite online parenting forum, playing pet store (or reading books, or doing homeschool) with her daughters, or out with the whole gang exploring their new home state.