Alison was born in London and spent my teenage years in Hertfordshire where she spent large amounts of time reading novels, watching daytime television programmes which seemed to involve middle-class women visiting each other's houses, and avoiding school.
Failing to gain any qualifications in Science whatsoever, the dream of being a forensic scientist collided with reality when a careers teacher suggested that she might like to work in a department store. And she didn't mean Harrods.
Later studying Law, she decided to teach rather than go into practice and spent many years working as a college lecturer teaching mainly Criminal Law to adults and young people.
She lives on the south coast with her husband John and cat Archie. When not writing, she enjoys crosswords, reading crime fiction, walking by the sea, and drinking wine. Not necessarily in that order.
Find her on twitter @alisonoleary81