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A love of reading inspired award-winning and international best-selling author Allison Merritt to pursue her dream of becoming a writer who explores historical, paranormal, contemporary, and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. It's not unusual to find her lurking in graveyards, wandering historical sites, or listening to ghost stories.

Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that's gathering dust after it was determined that she's better at writing fluff than hard news.

You can contact her at or find her on Facebook, Twitter,  Google+Goodreads, Pinterest and Authorgraph too.

Her awards include:

  • 2nd place 2009 Missouri Literary Festival Award for Short Fiction "For Everything A Time"
  • Honorable Mention 2010 Weta Nichols Writing Contest "The Convict & the Cattleman"
  • Honorable Mention 2011 Weta Nichols Writing Contest "The Treasure Hunter's Lady"
  • First runner-up 2011 Missouri Literary Festival Civil War Short Fiction Challenge News-Leader People's Choice Award Category "Best Laid Plans"
  • Best First Page 2013 JANO Event sponsored by Sleuths's Ink "The Siren's Sentinel"
  • Best First Sentence 2013 JANO Event sponsored by Sleuth's Ink "The Siren's Sentinel"
  • 1st place 2013 Weta Nichols Writing Contest Paranormal/Sci-fi Category "The Heckmasters-Wystan"
  • 2nd place 2015 Weta Nichols Writing Contest Paranormal/Sci-fi Category "Lawless"