After reading a book by American novelist Judy Blume, Alyson realised she wanted to be a writer but before beginning her desired career, she tried many other professions including babysitting, admin assistant, jewellery maker, hotel desk clerk and many years as a flight attendant.
Born in Orange County, she has used her Californian backdrop as inspiration for her most notable work to date, The Immortals, which has captivated the minds of teenagers worldwide.
With over eight New York Times bestsellers in two years, and over six million copies in print, her books have been translated into 37 languages, sold in over 50 countries and have won numerous awards. Chosen as one of OC Metro magazine's "20 Women to Watch," she's been nominated for the Orange County Business Journal's "Women in Business Awards" as well as their "Excellence in Entrepreneurship" award.
Alyson prefers to write in her home office where she has everything she needs, including a bulletin board covered in images that encourage her plus a steaming cup of green tea and a scented candle always at the ready.
Many of her life experiences have provided additional inspiration for her work but in turn, Alyson has also learnt many important lessons since beginning her career as an author. For instance, she will always panic the week before a new book comes out, she knows the brilliant ideas that appear in the middle of the night always disappear by the morning and advocates that it’s never too late to follow your dream.
Alyson is currently based in Orange County, where she’s busy working on her next novel, teen series Soul Seekers, set to debut in May 2012.
The masterclass with Alyson has now finished but you can read the full transcript from it below.