Alison remembers weaving stories in her head from an early age and writing as soon as she was able. She's always cherished the experience of losing herself in a book and was lucky to have the added stimulus of growing up in a theatre environment.
Many childhood hours were spent absorbing the music of actors' voices and playwrights' words - and there was no shortage of flamboyant characters to store in the mental notebook! Alison has worked as an actor herself and the theatre remains a place of enchantment for her.
After University (English and Drama at Aberystwyth) Alison co-founded a Performing Arts Centre in Sussex. Here she began performing and scriptwriting with a group that included the composer Neil Brand and fellow children's author Lynda Waterhouse. Alison co-wrote four musicals with Neil and in 1989 they won the Vivian Ellis Prize with House of Dreams. Lynda and Alison now belong to Islington Writers for Children.
Some favourite things: Arabian horses, mountains, Tiger Moths, Georgian architecture, cats - and Peter, with whom she has journeyed thousands of miles in their vintage sports car.
Some ambitions: to design her own house, to write a screenplay, to see her novel Unique on screen.
Alison loves writing for young adults, saying, 'There's pretty well no subject you can't explore and today's readership is exacting, enquiring and astute.’