My name is Allison and I help people discover their unique voice through the art of writing. I am a writer by passion, vocation and necessity.
I published my first book when I was in the fourth grade—as long as by “published” you mean I wrote it, drew all the pictures, created a cover, cleverly titled it “Austin” (after Austin, Texas, the city where I was born) and made copies of it on a printer to begin distributing it to my friends. After that, I was pretty much hooked. I’ve been a writer my whole life.
During my high school and college years, when people would ask me what I wanted to do for a living, I would tell them I wanted to be an author. Kind, smart, well-meaning people all warned me to have a back-up plan. They were right when they said: it’s really hard to make money being a writer.
Hard, but not impossible.
In 2010, I quit my full-time job with only a glimmer of hope the “writing life” I’d always dreamed about was possible. I had a good job with great benefits and a 401k. But I wasn’t connecting with my work in the way I wanted to. I kept hoping and dreaming there might be something better. So with a little push from a friend, I quit my job, moved out of my apartment, sold everything I owned—except for what fit in my Subaru Outback—and set off on an adventure to travel all across the country and write a book about it.
Four very-broke, very-confusing years later, I did publish my first real book titled Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage (Moody, 2013).
Since then I’ve been busy not only writing but also helping writers who are in the same position I was in—broke, desperate to write, determined to cultivate better relationships, a better career, or to make their writing dreams a reality. What I’ve learned, and what I teach the writers I work with, is this: If you write for fame or fortune, you run the risk of losing yourself. If you write to find yourself, you’ll uncover what you were looking for all along.
In addition to writing, I’m really passionate about helping people discover the unique beauty and value they bring to the world. “Finding yourself” might sound strange, or like something you’d read about in a self-help book, but I can say from personal experience that knowing yourself—and learning to value yourself—is one of the most powerful things you can do.
Insecurity fades. Confidence takes root. The real “you” has the chance to shine through. Your voice becomes powerful enough to shift and change realities.
Writing is one of the best ways to heal, to grieve, to uncover or recover parts of yourself you lost somewhere along the way.
For writers who are just starting out, or who have never considered writing as a way to find themselves, I created an online introductory course called Writing to Find Yourself. I also offer one-on-one coaching and editing for writers who are in the process of building their blogs or writing a book. I’m available for hire as a ghostwriter and I host several small writing retreats each year. Or, you can book me to speak for your next event.
I also blog here on a weekly basis, doing my best to provide plenty of free content to guide you in your life as an artist and a creative.
Oh, and in case it matters to you, I have a bachelors degree in English from Whitworth University and a Masters Degree in Education from George Fox University. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, but now I live in Nashville, Tennessee with my husband Darrell and the cutest goldendoodle in the world. His name is Cooper. Beware. I’m obsessed.
I like tacos and chocolate. I sometimes run; I try to recycle and eat organic.
But enough about me. Tell me about you!