My name is Alyssa Adler. I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Before I could even hold a pencil, I would use my imagination to form stories about the things I loved. Eventually, I discovered the usefulness of notebooks and laptops and began to write fiction in my spare time. A graduate from the University of Michigan, I spent my four years in Ann Arbor studying Communications and Creative Writing. Beyond the classroom and the University’s award-winning newspaper, The Michigan Daily, I'd write songs and screenplays. Some of my writing experiences have been documented on this website, but plenty more can be found in notebooks, Word documents and a scattering of loose pages. Currently, I write on the side while working in publicity at Penguin Random House, the book publisher. I strongly believe in the power of words, and I hope that one day I can share my words with the world.
What inspires me:
My favorite books are constantly changing, and with a job in publishing, reading has become an integrated part of my life. Some of the most memorable works I've read include: Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, The Martian by Andy Weir and The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. I love Mindy Kaling and her show The Mindy Project. I've read her first book three times now, and laugh out loud every time I read it (even in the waiting rooms of doctors' offices). I'm a Friends junkie. I own all ten seasons on DVD and watch them on a constant loop. Dessert is my favorite meal--I can't remember the last time I turned down an ice cream cone. I love the creativity that comes with baking--pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are my specialty. I'm an avid traveler--I want to explore the world one country at a time so that I don't miss a thing. I will remain a firm Detroit sports fan for the rest of my life, no matter where I live, and of course I will always shout Go Blue at any passerby wearing Michigan apparel. I used to act in high school, but have since reserved myself to writing the scripts instead of performing them. Classic rock and Motown are my two favorite music genres (with a little Kelly Clarkson and Sara Bareilles sprinkled in here and there). I write what I feel and experience. For me, telling stories is like talking to a close friend.