Allison is a freelance writer. Since 2003, she has worked from her home in Prospect. After graduating from Ryerson University with a graduate degree in journalism, she started her writing career as a reporter for The Rural Voice, an agricultural magazine based in the farming community of Blyth, Ontario. There she travelled the countryside talking to farmers and hearing stories about the latest breed of cattle and amazing new varieties of corn and cauliflower. She loved the experience. From Blyth, she moved on to work as a reporter at several daily newspapers in Ontario, including The Brantford Expositor and The Standard in St. Catharines. After landing a summer writing internship at The Globe and Mail in Toronto, she stayed for another two years writing and editing for globeandmail.com, the paper’s website.
In 2003, she returned to Nova Scotia, the place she had fallen in love with as an English and Russian student at the University of King’s College a decade earlier. Her work has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail and Canadian Living.
But her writing hasn’t been all about news and current affairs. She has done promotional writing for clients ranging from businesses to universities and everything in between. Her first non-fiction book 250 Years of Progress: Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency was published by Nimbus in 2005. Her second book, Rum-Running was published by Nimbus in 2009. It was the first book in a series called Stories of Our Past. In 2015, The Roar of the Sea, a book ghostwritten by Allison, was published by Boulder Publications. Her non-fiction book, "The Saddest Ship Afloat"- The Tragedy of the MS St. Louis was published by Nimbus in Summer 2016.