Alison Roberts was born in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her father’s medical career took her overseas at the age of five, and she started her schooling in London before moving to Washington, D.C. Eventually the family, including Alison’s three brothers, returned to Dunedin, where Alison trained as a primary-school teacher.
A teaching position in the north island township of Napier led to a whirlwind romance with and marriage to Mark a young doctor who is now a professor, and even more attractive than he was 20 years ago! Mark’s career meant a move to Christchurch, where a teaching position was unavailable, so Alison worked part-time as a cardiology research technician and indulged academic interests by taking university papers in Early European History and Philosophy.
Two years in Glasgow, Scotland, followed, and provided the perfect opportunity to write her first book, a medical thriller with a good dash of romance. Their return to New Zealand began a new chapter of Alison’s life, with creative efforts channelled into entertaining a baby daughter, renovating a very old farmhouse, creating an enormous garden, and caring for the menagerie of donkeys, sheep, hens, dogs, and cats which Alison happily collected.
Alison currently resides in central Christchurch, New Zealand, just over the road from the often breathtaking beauty of Hagley Park. Her writing companion is an Irish wolfhound called Ryan, who allows only a solid morning’s work before insisting that she get some fresh air and exercise in the park.
Apart from home and family, Alison’s passion, other than writing, is her involvement with the ambulance service. She has her writing to thank for this addition to her life, having fallen in love with the job while researching a book. It is the perfect antidote to the solitary hours of writing and she is now avidly continuing her training as an ambulance officer. She spends as much time as possible on active duty.