Editor Allison Hegan is the founder of Purple Elephant Editing. As a Junior Agent, she will be working closely with CEO Italia Gandolfo on client submissions. Most recently, Allison assembled and edited an anthology, No More Endlings: Saving Species One Story at a Time. She has written several articles including, “Zoopharmacognosy: how self-healing animals could save humans” for a London-based pharmacist that was published on mongabay.com, one of the world’s most popular environmental science and conservation news sites. Allison has also been a featured writer for the Wildlife Waystation’s magazine and has written for the British Herpetological Society’s Herpetological Bulletin. Having been in a writer’s shoes, she will be able to relate to authors and offer advice during submissions and the editorial process.
Originally from Pasadena, California, Allison received her B.A. degree in Geography-Environment and People, and completed both the environmental studies and African studies certificate programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While studying abroad in Australia, she volunteered with Conservation Volunteers Australia and helped preserve a section of rainforest. Since then, Allison has worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York City, the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy in Virginia, and volunteered as a researcher and consultant for World Vision’s Natural Environment & Climate Issues department in California. She loves exploring new places and has lived in several cities around the country and abroad.
Drawn into novels with emotionally vibrant, compelling, and often flawed characters, Allison believes the best books are those that stay with the reader long after they have been read. Her current interests include young adult fiction, historical fiction, historical romance, mystery, fantasy, suspense, and environmental topics.
About No More Endlings (2015):
A blend of story-telling, science, and imagery, No More Endlings shares the personal accounts of those working to protect endangered species. The anthology is filled with intimate details from each contributor’s journey and is an inspiration for those who may never make it into the jungles of South America or the grasslands of Africa. Educators will appreciate the scientific sections that accompany each chapter, and those exploring a career or volunteer opportunities in the conservation realm will especially find this book relevant as it highlights the realities of working in the field. Chapter authors, range from National Geographic Explorers, to college professors and internationally recognized conservationists and activists. The foreword is written by Wade Davis, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society.
“… Creatively weaving together the uniqueness of each species with our own human connection to the natural world, No More Endlings is a journey that engages, teaches, and shows us why we must truly protect what we love.”
—JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU, President/Founder, Ocean Futures Society
“These dispatches from the frontline of conservation introduce some amazing animals but also the real-life heroes trying to save them. Their stories, filled with adventure, science and humour are enough to inspire us all into action.”—LUCY COOKE, Author, TV presenter & National Geographic Explorer
“Above all No More Endlings is a book of wonder (about amazing species with which we share this planet) and of hope . . . This is a book for everyone: to be enjoyed and be inspired by daily. Delightful and uplifting.” —THOMAS E. LOVEJOY, National Geographic Fellow and former Exec. VP of WWF
“No More Endlings shares the stories of some real endangered species heroes . . . Through its mixture of adventure, heart-warming moments, and science, No More Endlings should encourage us all to action.” —DR. RUSSELL MITTERMEIER, Executive Vice Chair, Conservation International