Alison has been a legal executive, a registered childminder, a professional fund-raiser and a teacher. In her mid-forties she went to university and gained a first class degree in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and an MA in the same subject from Oxford Brookes University. Her first book was published a year after she completed her master’s degree.
She has been an exchange student in the US, trekked the Great Wall of China, helped build a house in Thailand, visited coffee-farming communities in Honduras and walked across the Sinai Desert. She finds inspiration in her travels and in everyday experiences. She writes women’s contemporary fiction as Alison Rose and YA time-slip adventures as Alison Knight. Her most recent novel, due for publication in 2019, is a drama set in London and is based on real events that took place in her family in the 1960s.
Alison now lives in rural Wiltshire, teaches creative and life-writing at Wiltshire College and runs workshops and retreats with Imagine Creative Writing Workshops as well as working as a freelance editor and proof-reader. She is on the national committee of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and is a member of the Society of Authors and the Society for Editors and Proof-readers.