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You and Me and Us (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Pieces of Me (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Alison Hammer
Author Alison Hammer has been spinning words in order to tell stories since she learned how to speak. She finds she has always been a writer, just didn’t always realize it was something she could do professionally.

Alison is drawn to writing because it is a form of self-expression and craft. She loves getting a story down on some paper and locating the very best words to bring it to life.

When she went to college, she started as an English major, however added in advertising when she found out she could use her creative writing abilities and get a salary. Turns out, she loves advertising just as much as writing, so it’s all worked out.

She is a graduate of the Creative Circus in Atlanta and the University of Florida, and lived in a total of nine cities before she settled down in Chicago.

“You and Me and Us” wasn’t inspired by Alison’s life, the idea actually came from something that she’d written before this. Her first book also featured Alexis and Tommy, just fifteen years before. At the end of this book, she knew a secret that Alexis didn’t know. She was pregnant. This sparked the idea for You and Me and Us.

The only thing she knew for certain was that she wanted to show Alexis with a daughter the age she was during a few flashback scenes in the novel. When she realized Tommy was sick, the story just came tumbling out.

She has a very close friend that went through something similar to the story while she was editing the novel. She was amazing and talked to Alison about her experience, and was able to include a story of theirs in the book. Alison loves having the scene in the book because it’s a little tribute to both her and her amazing husband.

During the day, she is a VP Creative Director at FCB Chicago, but on weekends and nights she can be found writing her upmarket women’s fiction. At night, she finishes up her work and switches right to writing. She has a Spotify playlist just for writing, and right when that first song begins playing, it puts her right in the zone. On weekends, she has more time, and she enjoys doing marathon sessions. She’ll go to Starbucks for five to seven hours at a time. She loves these sorts of days.

Alison’s debut novel, called “You and Me and Us”, was released in the year 2020, which was published by William Morrow (HarperCollins). Her work is from the general fiction genre.

“You and Me and Us” is the first stand alone novel and was released in the year 2020. Alexis Gold knows how to put the “work” in working mom. It is the “mom” part that she has struggled with lately. Since she opened up her own advertising agency three years previously, Alexis has all but given up on finding a good life/work balance. Instead, she has handed over the reins of the household to Tommy, her loving and supporting partner. He is quick to say they divide and conquer, Alexis realizes that Tommy’s the one that does most of the heavy lifting, particularly when it comes to CeCe, their teen daughter.

Their world is changed instantly when Tommy is handed a terminal cancer diagnosis, and Alexis realizes that everything she’s been working relentlessly for doesn’t matter at all without him. Alexis does what Tommy’s done for her just about every day since they were twelve-year-old kids in Destin, Florida. She puts Tommy first. The only thing Tommy really wants is to spend a final summer together at “their” beach, she puts her career on hold in order to make it happen. Even if she has to put her family within striking distance of Tommy’s ex, an actress that CeCe idolizes.

Tommy and Alexis aren’t the only ones who’ve had their lives turned inside out. CeCe, in addition to dealing with the normal issues that come with being a teen, is also forced to face her feelings about Tommy’s illness. And what’ll happen when the only person that has always been there for her is gone. When the magic of first love brings a bright spot to her summer, CeCe is determined not to allow her mom ruin that for her as well.

While CeCe’s behavior gets more rebellious, Alexis realizes that the only thing tougher for her than losing Tommy is going to be convincing CeCe to give her another chance.

“Little Pieces of Me” is the second stand alone novel and was released in the year 2021. When a DNA test reveals a long-buried secret, a woman has to look to the past in order to comprehend her mom and herself.

Paige Meyer gets an email from a DNA testing site announcing that her dad she’s never met before, she is convinced there’s a mistake. But digging deeper into her mom’s past and her own feelings of being the odd kid out growing up, she starts to question everything that she thought she knew. Could this be why she felt like she fit in with her family, and her mom always seemed to keep her at arm’s length? What does it really mean for Paige’s memories of her dad, a man who she idolized and whose death she’s still grieving?

Back in 1975, Betsy Kaplan, Paige’s mother, is a straightlace sophomore at the University of Kansas. Her sweet yet boring boyfriend disappoints her, Betsy decides that she wants more out of life and is sick of playing it safe. That’s where Andy Abrams comes in, the golden boy on the campus with a possibly devastating secret. After their single night together has some unexpected consequences, Betsy’s determined to bury the truth and rebuild a stable life for her unborn child, whatever the cost.

When Paige is unable to get answers from her mom, she goes looking for the one other person that was there that night. The more she learns about what happened, the more she sees her distant and unflappable mom as a real person that was faced with an impossible decision. Is it going to be enough to fix their busted relationship?

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One Response to “Alison Hammer”

  1. Jean Jilk: 1 year ago

    Dear Alison, I have red both of your books neither of which I could put down and very saddened when I finished them. I felt like I knew these characters and I loved both of the stories which I think is a sure sign of a good author. I certainly hope you have a new book in the making because I will be patiently waiting. sincerely Jean Jilk


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