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Allison was born and raised in San Carlos, California (on the San Francisco Peninsula). She attended public schools until she earned a scholarship to Menlo School, a small college prep high school in nearby Atherton. She attended the University of Santa Cruz for the beauty of the campus and to be near the beach.
Allison began her college education as a Literature major because she wanted to be an English teacher, and eventually write books. After becoming editor-in-chief of one of the independent campus papers, she switched majors to Business Economics and Politics. Two years later she dropped out of college to take a campaign job in Sacramento.
As she worked her way into politics, Allison worked in a variety of positions from bartender to country club hostess to administrative assistant for a software company long before the dotcom boom. At one point she held down three jobs, which served as preparation for her eventual career as a mother/legislative consultant/writer.
In the early 1990s, she moved cross-country to the Washington DC area for a job with a public policy think tank, but became homesick and drove back to California four months later.
Fortunately, it only took a short time to land a job, though she had to move to Southern California. She worked for an elected official in Glendale and ended up meeting her future husband, Dan Brennan, who at the time was an account executive for a medical company. They married a year later and moved to Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley, and rode out the Northridge earthquake five days after the birth of their first daughter.
A year later, Allison and Dan decided to move to Sacramento to pursue their public policy career goals. They've been there ever since -- adding four children, a dog and two cats to their family.
In January of 2005, Allison quit her thirteen-year career in the California State Legislature and settled down to commit herself fully to her family and writing.
Allison is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. Her romantic suspense debut trilogy, THE PREY, THE HUNT and THE KILL, are early 2006 releases from Ballantine.
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