Margaret Allison grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and received a degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. A romantic at heart, Margaret never pursued a career in politics. Instead, she immediately tossed her diploma in a drawer and went in search of love and adventure. She found work as a professional actress and model and traveled the country, appearing in an eclectic mix of B-list TV shows, commercials, movies and auto shows. Eventually, Margaret landed a job at National Geographic Television in Washington, DC. It was there that Margaret finally realized what she wanted to do when she grew up: write. After short, unprofitable stints as a poet, a playwright, and a screenwriter; a teacher told Margaret to write what she knew. She immediately began writing a romance. She sold that first novel as part of a three book deal and never looked back. Margaret lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two daughters. She firmly believes that love conquers all and never tires of hearing stories that support her theory.
Click here to read an article about Margaret from Inside Annapolis Magazine June/July 2002 Issue.
Click here to read an article about Margaret from The Washington Times.
The story of the pseudonym...
When Margaret began her career as a romance writer, an editor suggested she change her name, Cheryl Guttridge Klam, to something "more romantic...and exciting." Cheryl decided to name herself after the most glamorous person she'd ever known: her beloved and recently deceased grandmother, Margaret "Dottie" Allison. Here's a picture of her grandmother, the real Margaret, with her grandfather, a real life prince charming.