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Meet Alison Longstaff

 Alison Smith Longstaff grew up in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania - a small community northeast of Philadelphia.
        She graduated cum laude in 1985 with a B.Sc. in Psychology and Religion.  In August of 1985 she married her Canadian sweetheart, Philip Longstaff, and moved with him to Canada to start their life together.
 

    Alison rediscovered her passion for writing  years later upon working her way through Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way.  The Cliffside Chapel series came to her in a flash one Spring day, and Alison's life has never been the same.

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    "It is as if I have an inner world alive with friends and adventures.  Writing about Cliffside feels as if I am visiting dear, courageous friends.  I simply write down all the things they say and do.  

    "Sue, Jon, and Tanny are very real to me.  Tanny practically is me in some ways, though she is far more bubbly and confident than I was at her age.  I am looking forward to telling her story and meeting her hero in book two, as soon as I can find the time...."

        Alison and her husband of 21 years are still recovering from the stresses and adjustments of two international moves.  They are re-settling in Canada, having decided to return after a two-year stay in Pennsylvania.    Alison loves living in Canada, and is happy to have returned "home."
        "There are many subtle differences between the Canadian and American cultures. I have had a lot of fun celebrating those things that are uniquely Canadian, playing with Canadian stereotypes, and adding Canadian inside jokes to my stories.  Canadians are a delightful people with a wonderful sense of humour."      

        The Longstaffs have three children.  Their teen-age son has a high-functioning form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome.  

        Alison took Canadian citizenship in February, 2002.     

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(updated Sept. 2006)

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