Allison graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and she earned her Master of Fine Arts in writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design. While she was in graduate school, she was published in Atlanta Magazine and Savannah Magazine. Allison is the marketing director for Webster University in Washington, DC, where she is also a public relations professor. In her free time, Allison enjoys reading and spending time with her behemoth of a Dalmatian.