Born in Australia, raised in the UK, Alannah is an international book award finalist and multi-genre author.
Fictionwise, she's best known for her Dark Heart Forest Fairy Tales series of fantasy adventures as well as her Campervan Bushman Mysteries starring laid-back Aussie Scott Chevalier. On the non-fiction side, you can read all about her travel capers, both in a campervan and Down Under (although not both together - yet!). She also has a handful of other oddball titles to her name, and most of her work comes with a sprinkle of humour.
In her twenties, Alannah lived in her Aussie birthplace for five years, where mozzies regularly used her for target practice. She managed to return to Old Blighty devoid of shark or snake bite, however, and currently lives in picturesque Cornwall with her cycling-obsessed partner.
When she's not writing, she likes to hit the trails on her bike, take walks in nature, and go kayaking – basically, anything that will get her butt out of the chair for a while that doesn't involve going to a sweaty old gym.
The Pyjama Writer Nickname - What Gives?
Firstly, in case you've been rolling your eyes at the aporling sppeling here, rest assured that, in the UK, 'pyjama' has a 'y', not an 'a' (honestly, there are already enough of those in the word as it is!).
So, now that's out of the way, you might be wondering: where did Alannah get her Pyjama Writer nickname? Is it because she has a hankering to write about sensible nightwear? Well, err... no! But she does like to get up early of a morning, sit down with a hot cup of tea, and beaver away at her latest writing project... all the while remaining clad in her comfy dressing gown & PJs. And this can sometimes go on for hours!
As you may have guessed by now, Alannah enjoys peppering her writing with humour, and to find out more about what she's managed to publish, attired in such a slovenly manner, you can check out her BOOKS page... (But, wait, there's more...)
Alannah loves languages: she speaks French like a native (a seven-year-old one) and is fluent in Double Dutch. "I also tried learning Turkish once, but it was all Greek to me."
Heckling the comedian Adam Bloom once at a gig, he described her as "Laura Ingalls with attitude".
Alannah's favourite dictionary is the Uxbridge English. "I liked the Oxford English Dictionary, but it was a bit thin on plot. I also just found out that a Thesaurus isn't a dinosaur after all, but a kind of dictionary!"
Possibly, her favourite (set of) quotations are:
To do is to be – Aristotle
To be is to do – Jean-Paul Sartre
To be or not to be – Shakespeare
Do be do be do – Frank Sinatra
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