AUSTRALIAN. Alison Lloyd is an Australian children's writer. Alison likes writing about stirring subjects in historical settings. But sometimes she is inspired by quirky things like funny spelling, and the things kids say. Alison speaks and reads Chinese. She studied in China for two years - she was living there when army tanks rolled onto the city streets, to put down the student movement in 1989. Author of Year of the Tiger and Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors and more.