An author and poet, Alison attributes her passion for writing to an innate need. “For me, not writing is like not breathing,” she says. “It may cause depression, irregular heartbeat — or sudden death.” She divides her time between Southern California and her villa in Saipan, in the Mariana Islands. Alison is fluent in Chamorro and Nepali, and when not writing enjoys playing the crwth, painting ayahuasca visions, swimming and synchronized paragliding, and preparing traditional Lao cuisine for her daughters and friends. The first anthology of her essays, fiction, and poems will be published by Bovrille Press in June 2018.