About Me

From scribbles in multi-coloured pens to working full-time as a freelance writer

I’m Allison Whitehead

and I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember

One of my earliest memories is asking mum what I could write about. I was five.

Writing has been in my blood for as long as I can remember. Over time I’ve dabbled in fiction and non fiction. I have even written a book and received positive feedback from an agent but I’ve yet to publish it.

By my teens I realised I wanted to be a full-time writer. From then on, I never wanted to do anything else, although I remember telling my 5th year career adviser this and after she stopped laughing she asked me what I wanted to do “as a proper job“.

I was first published in 1990 – initially letters to the editor, then articles and short stories. This led to regular work, including a monthly column in a well-known UK writing magazine. I wrote part-time for any years and it might have stayed that way if the internet hadn’t appeared.

Fast forward a few years, and I realised I was earning more writing part-time than I was from my full-time day job. I quit and since then I’ve never looked back.

In Norfolk with our Bichon Frise, Freya Moray

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