Before becoming a writer, Alyson tried many other professions including babysitting, admin assistant, jewellery maker, hotel desk clerk and many years as a flight attendant. She has lived in Mykonos, Manhattan and of course the OC but her favourite city is Paris. If Alyson could travel back in time she’d visit Renaissance Florence, but only if she could take her modern-day grooming habits! Alyson is an eternal optimist, who always believes in silver linings.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Well first I wanted to be a mermaid, and then a princess, but the day I finished my first Judy Blume book I knew I wanted to be a writer. I was always an avid reader, starting with Green Eggs and Ham, and progressing through Charlotte’s Web, and all the Little House on the Prairie books. But it was Are you there God? It’s me Margaret, and Deenie, that felt like they were written just for me, and my friends, and all the things we were going through. Those books made me realize how a story could be so much more.