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Maile Allen discovered her love for stories as a young child between the pages of a large variety of books she acquired at local bookstores and libraries. Writing quickly became her way of making sense of the world, and she cannot remember a time where she was not absorbing stories and making up her own. To her, storytelling is humankind’s greatest accomplishment, followed closely by the invention of the zippered hoodie. She is #TeamOxfordComma for life.

A Type-A ambivert who aspires to be Type-B, she doubts she could ever live without her cherished checklists but finds herself daydreaming sunup to sundown. She is often described as a social butterfly with a tendency to talk A LOT!, but if you feed her (she’s not picky!), she will be quiet while she tucks into the deliciousness.

Maile holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Film from Eastern Washington University. Since earning her degree, she has worked in marketing and freelanced as a video editor, with storytelling at the core of her approach to both.

She is a lifelong Washingtonian currently residing in Tacoma with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and a plague of stickbugs. She dreams of living in a cabin on an isolated mountain lake someday.

Oh yeah – It’s pronounced “Molly.”

It’s Gaelic. Or so she was informed. While pregnant with Maile, her mom read a book, and one of the characters was “Maile.” Her dad simply rolled with it. And it is that environment, a home with parents who both had and allowed space for imagination, that Maile attributes all her creativity to.

Well, that, and being repeatedly exposed to Fawlty Towers as a young child.


Come visit me on Twitter and Instagram to see pics of my cats and stickbugs, what I’m reading, and a small look inside my mind. Drop me a line at maileallenbooks@gmail.com for general inquires or if you just don’t like social media.