Meet Allison, 834's Newest Team Member

Allison Spooner poses for 8THIRTYFOUR in Grand Rapids

We told you we had more surprises up our sleeve…
Less than a week after hiring a Managing Director, we’ve also added a Content Associate to our wolfpack and we couldn’t be happier. Our team is rapidly growing and we are humbled by these internal successes. On that note, meet our latest edition, Allison Spooner.
Allison’s writing experience is robust and her passion for storytelling is admirable. Learn more about our wino-loving-novelist-writing-Harry-Potter-nerd-Content-Associate, below:

What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you so far while on the job?

When I came in for my 2nd interview/meet the team, I was offered a glass of wine the moment I walked in the door. While this is more awesome than weird, it definitely made an impression!

Have you ever written any novels?

Yes. My pen name is J.K. Rowling.
Actually, I have been working on a trilogy for longer than I care to admit. I finished the first book and wrote “The End.” Then, I split it apart and started over. So…yes, and no.

What writing piece are you most proud of?

Back in the day, I wrote a pretty scathing op-ed to the Jackson Citizen Patriot aimed at a woman that claimed Harry Potter was the devil. It was pretty intense. I bet she never talked bad about Harry Potter again.
In all seriousness though, I enter writing competitions that give you really tight deadlines. Most of the stories I’ve written for those have been completed in less than 48 hours, and it’s pretty satisfying to complete something of quality in that amount of time.

How did you find your passion for writing?

I didn’t, it found me. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love writing. Some of my earliest tales were penned by my mom because I couldn’t actually write yet. My mom also read to us before bed as far back as I can remember and falling asleep listening to stories must have had an effect on me.

How is work here different from your previous experience?

There are a lot of high heels. This is definitely the most women I’ve ever worked with, and it’s pretty badass. I love that among all the laughing and chatting and fun, shit gets done. Also, the wine. There’s a lot of wine.

What’s the most embarrassing song on your phone?

There is an embarrassing amount of Will Smith in my Spotify playlist. Actually, who am I kidding? I’m not embarrassed at all. Let’s get jiggy with it!

If you co-hosted a daily talk show, which celeb would you want to be your co-host?

Probably Jennifer Lawrence and we would just talk about food and how hungry we are all the time.  

Ryan Gosling or Ryan Reynolds?

Gosling, because I love baby geese.

Cheers to joining #Team834, Allison!
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