Donna Alison Bartley grew up Mormon. Her family traces its roots to the earliest converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, which means her ancestors settled in the state before 1869.
Alison is a member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She is currently serving as President of the New York Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She and her family split their time between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Upstate New York.