Welcome to my website! Unless you got here by accident, you’re on this page because you want to know something about me and my writing, so here are the basics. I’m your classic introvert–more interested in cozying up with my family, my pets, and my computer than going out on a Friday night. Yeah, I’m the one who quietly sits in the corner at a party (after I’ve been drug there kicking and screaming), drinks a little ginger ale, and doesn’t talk much. But writing? That’s totally different. The blank page is my favorite challenge–it’s where my thoughts and ideas really come to life.
Christian Fantasy is my favorite genre as both a writer and a reader. There are enough graphic books and movies out there already, so I thought I’d do something different and write a wholesome series that families could enjoy together. You know, like stories and movies used to be. Clean doesn’t have to mean dumbed-down or over-simplified, and Christian doesn’t have to mean “preachy”. My stories are layered with meaning and real three-dimensional characters that people can connect with and relate to. They love, they laugh, they struggle, and sometimes they fail, but they always get back up to try again…just like we do. I’ve put a lot of effort and research into making their world feel just as real as they are. Fair warning, though. Once you go there, you might not be eager to leave again.
If you haven’t read my series yet, I hope you’ll try it out. The very first book, Journey to Aviad, is free everywhere in ebook format. You can get the second one free too by subscribing to my author newsletter. Get more information about the Wind Rider Chronicles on my books page.
Interested in my formal author bio? That’s just below. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find featured interviews where I answer readers’ questions about my books and my journey as an indie author. Enjoy!
Allison D. Reid was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her love for medieval fantasy was sparked by the Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis, which fed both her imagination and her spiritual development.
When at the age of thirteen her family moved to Germany, her passion for medieval history and legend only increased, and she found herself captivated by the ancient towns and castles of Europe.
Allison returned to the United States to study art and writing at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She earned her B.A. under the tutelage of the well-renowned and prolific writer Andrew Salkey, a student of her other great inspiration, and the father of fantasy, J. R. R. Tolkien. After graduating from Hampshire College, Allison moved to Connecticut. There she got the opportunity to attend seminary and further explore her faith before returning to her home state of Ohio.
Allison now lives in the Miami Valley area with her husband and children. She continues to work on her first published series while taking care of her family, editing for other independent writers, and managing a home business.
Featured Interviews with Allison D. Reid
In your words, what defines a good story?
Real, three-dimensional, lovable characters are a must. A good story also has layers of meaning, so that you can read the same book more than once and catch different things each time. There should be an element of beauty and hope, but also plenty of mystery and suspense. I want to be moved by a story without being traumatized by it. I don’t deal well with dark, graphic, or tragic stories—they haunt me without mercy to the point where I wish I had never read them. The real world has enough trauma of its own!