Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter and author. Published books: The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Continuum 2005), and Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Continuum 2002), which won two awards, was translated into Spanish, adapted into a play, and is now being produced as a documentary by a Hollywood company.

McMahan has trudged through the jungles of Honduras and Cambodia, through the favelas of Brazil, and from racetracks to drag strips in the U.S. in search of footage for her documentaries. She applies the same sense of adventure to her books of mystery and romantic suspense for teens and adults.

McMahan has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine. She reviews books for Entangled and the Historical Novel Society. Member of RWA, FRWA, AWP, the Historical Novel Society, MWA and ITW.

The Saffron Crocus has won the 2014 YARWA Rosemary Award for excellence in YA/NA fiction.
The Saffron Crocus has won first place in the YA/NA Category in the Royal Palm Literary Awards given out by the Florida Writer’s Association. It also was Fourth in the Best Published Book of the Year in the same competition.