As an instructor at Agnes Scott College and the University of Maryland, Alison has taught English and creative writing. She has also been a private tutor primarily at the high school level, focusing on writing skills, AP test and SAT preparation, and the college application process. In addition to her teaching work, Alison has been a freelance writer and editor and has ghostwritten several books for leaders in the business world. She has a B.A. in English from Agnes Scott College, where she was a Letitia Pate Evans Scholar, and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland.