Allison Stalberg lives in North Carolina and works as a freelance writer, journalist, and photographer. She studied sociology and English at Guilford College.

Since middle school, she dreamed of writing her own books. Fantasy was a major calling. She grew up on fairytales. In particular, she loved the dark and fantastic such as stories of witches, ghosts, and shapeshifters.

To ask what inspired her to write The Awei Series is a difficult question, as the the story incubated for nearly 10 years until it was written.