D.A. Bartley's family settled in the Salt Lake valley in the late 1840s and early 1850s. She's a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Alison received both her J.D. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. She moved to New York City where she worked at a global law firm and was a research scholar with a focus on international relations. Alison has lived in Utah, Scotland, France, Germany and Russia. She jokes, "you can take the girl out of Utah, but you can't take Utah out of the girl." Blood Atonement is her debut novel.