Alison Gilligan grew up in New England before moving to New York City for college, work and life (not necessarily in that order). After graduating from NYU she worked in an art auction house and advertising agency before relocating to the Pacific NW. There she helped combat international piracy for a large software company before leaving to focus on raising a family and serving on non-profit boards dedicated to promoting literacy and combating homelessness. She currently lives with her family in Florence, Italy. Alison Gilligan has contributed to the Choose Your Own Adventure series of gamebooks.