Allison was born and raised in Taiwan and came to the U.S. at age twenty-two as a university student. That’s when she realized her school English wasn’t much help when asking for directions on the street or opening a bank account. By recording each of the classes she took––including physical education––and reviewing the tape every night for a year, she eventually learned English well enough to earn an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, with an emphasis on Creative Nonfiction. But please excuse her if she misuses the verb tenses or mixes up the genders in third-person pronouns when she speaks. It’s no secret––English is a hard language to learn.
Allison writes both fiction and creative nonfiction in both Chinese and English. Specifically, she writes memoir, personal essay, and New Adult fiction. She is currently seeking literary representation for her New Adult #IMM #POC #IRMC memoir, Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops. In the meantime, she is drafting a New Adult #ownvoices #IRMC #POC novel, Six Sage Society, and plotting a coming-of-age #POC memoir, I’m Not My Father’s Lover.
Allison believes that everyone is endowed with the power to choose for him/herself. She also believes that kindness is the answer to most of the challenges we face as a human race. Choose to be Kind is her motto. She is in the process of creating a podcast focused on the theme of sharing kindness.
Allison is grateful to be able to live a creative life. It’s her dream come true. Aside from writing, she also models and acts for print and film. But her greatest joy is sharing her life with her husband and their three sons. The Merrills live a brick house overlooking Utah Lake.