Allie Reynolds

Posted by Sue Leonard on Monday 1st March 2021

An outdoor child, Allie started snowboarding when she was 20.

“I went to a dry slope.”

Afterwards university, Allie took a TEFAL course in Barcelona.

“I went to Andorra to snowboard every weekend, and I spent my holidays on the slopes.”

It wasn’t enough. So Allie worked three jobs throughout the summer months and saved for her winters.

“I taught English; I worked at Manchester Crown Court; I waitressed, and I worked in a nightclub. I biked between jobs and worked out at a gym. It was tough, but I’d do it all again.”

She snowboarded all winter in ‘half-pipe,’ in France, then Switzerland.

“In year 3, I competed in the British Championships and made the top 10.”

The following year she trained for 8 months but fell before the championships and tore knee ligaments.

“And the following year there was hardly any snow. I was 26. It was time to get a real job.”

She trained as a primary school teacher and worked in central London. Then, holidaying in Australia, she got into surfing, and found a way to stay on, working as a teacher.

“I’ve been writing since I was 22 – and have 4 unfinished novels. I’ve also written commercial short stories and had 120 published worldwide.”

Shiver took 6 months to write. Selling in a 10-way auction, it has been optioned for TV.


Who is Allie Reynolds?                      

Date of birth: Lincoln, England, in 1975.

Education: Yarborough High School, Lincoln, then sixth form college; Manchester University, Computational linguistics.

Home: The Gold Coast, Australia.

Family: Sons Danny 8, and Lucas, 6.

The Day Job: Fulltime writer.

In Another Life: “I had wanted to get to the Olympics, but I don’t regret quitting snowboarding.”

Favourite Writers: Karen Dionne; Clare Mackintosh; C.L Taylor; Ruth Ware.

Second Novel: “I’m busy writing it.”

Top Tip: Read. “I’ve learned how to write from reading widely; analysing why books work.”

Website:    Twitter: @authorallier


The Debut: Shiver. Headline: €14.55. Kindle: €5.56. 

Milla joins 4 snowboarding friends for a reunion in the Alps – 10 years after Saskia went missing, presumed dead. An ice-breaker game turns menacing. Who asked her there, and will she learn the truth?

The Verdict: A brilliant taut, icy thriller – its high tension tinged with humour.


Published in The Irish Examiner, 23rd January.

© Sue J Leonard. 2021.

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