Ally McCormick

Ally McCormick’s debut novel is “Her Road From War.” It is a biographical fiction based on her grandmother’s remarkable escape from Singapore on the last surviving evacuee ship. Her Road From War is available from Amazon here.

Ally McCormick Bio

Ally McCormick

  • Profile:
    I’m a female Kiwi (NZer) in my mid-40s.
  • Family:
    I’ve got two wonderful daughters, four siblings and I’m blessed to have both my parents in my life.
  • Is “Ally McCormick” a pseudonym?
    Yes and no. Alison is my first name and McCormick is my married name. These days, in my personal life, I have reverted to my middle and maiden names, as it was before I was married. Those who don’t know me personally are welcome to continue using Ally McCormick.
  • Current work:
    I’m currently outlining my second novel: a historical woman’s fiction based in 1850’s British India. I also work as a copywriter at solPR and front office manager at Charge Net NZ.
  • Hobbies:
    Writing, genealogy, gardening, home renovation, mosaics, sewing, cooking, weight-lifting, and sailing. I actually have so many more hobbies that I am always busy.
  • Favourite Movie:
    I love watching movies, so this one is hard. Currently my favourite is “Honig Im Kopf”. It’s a German film with some big name stars in it, subtitled in English, which I watched on an flight recently. I can’t stop thinking about the film, but unfortunately it hasn’t been released locally to watch it again.
  • Favourite Author:
    I love a variety of genres and so many great authors, but I think to be a favourite author they need to have produced more than one or two great books. I was saddened to discover recently that two of my favourite prolific authors (Maeve Binchy & Bryce Courtenay) both passed away in 2012.
  • Thing I never say no to:
    I’d never turn down a bowl of homemade trifle – the more boozy the better.
  • What I hate:
    Talking about food again, I really hate processed brown or artificially coloured, sugary, and/or fat reduced foods.
  • Most adventurous thing I’ve ever done:
    Once when my ex-husband and I were sailing in the middle of the ocean we realised there was an unwanted hole in the hull of our yacht. It’s a long story as to how it got there, but we decided to be sensible and turn back to the closest coast.
  • Why do I keep returning to NZ to live?
    It just feels homely.

I am pursuing a career in creative writing which I hope one day will be financially rewarding. In the interim, I am “doing the hard yards”: entering essay competitions, collecting rejection letters, writing a blog, researching, taking courses, reading, developing ideas and writing some more.