A love of reading inspired Allison Merritt to pursue her dream of becoming an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she’s not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.
Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that’s gathering dust after it was determined that she’s better at writing fluff than hard news.
She serves as the newsletter editor during the 2013-2014 year for Ozarks Romance Authors in Springfield, Missouri and has been a member since 2009.
Her awards include:
-2nd place 2009 Missouri Literary Festival Award for Short Fiction “For Everything A Time”
-Honorable Mention 2010 Weta Nichols Writing Contest “The Convict & the Cattleman”
-Honorable Mention 2011 Weta Nichols Writing Contest “The Treasure Hunter’s Lady”
-First runner-up 2011 Missouri Literary Festival Civil War Short Fiction Challenge News-Leader People’s Choice Award Category “Best Laid Plans”
-Best First Page 2013 JANO Event sponsored by Sleuths’s Ink “The Siren’s Sentinel”
-Best First Sentence 2013 JANO Event sponsored by Sleuth’s Ink “The Siren’s Sentinel”
-1st place 2013 Weta Nichols Writing Contest Paranormal/Sci-fi Category “The Heckmasters-Wystan”