One of my dear and wonderful friends and mentors, Robert W. Gray, has just published his first book of short stories. Needless to say, he is amazing and the work he has done is absolutely stunning! It is moving and honest and beautiful and I think you should all read it!
Check out the interview we did together and if you think it sounds as amazing as I know it is grab a copy and read my favorite story, Crisp.
Enjoy the delicious reading…

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  • Nick Bracken

    on March 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Allison, hope things are well, by the looks of things i just missed you again. Your looking stunning as ever, im just about to watch your youtube video with Robert, and im sure that i will find it ever intriuging. I do hope that it doesnt take you another year to come online. I know that you have lots of fans though so your a busy lady. I’ll keep it short even though i want to write forever, hope to hear from you soon.

    Later Allison

    From Nick Bracken

  • Jade Ruby

    on March 25, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    The thing I love best about fiction is the way I can immerse myself in other worlds of the writer’s creative conception. Relating to the character’s experiences is definitely a vicarious thrill.

  • Susana

    on March 26, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Yay another great post from you Allison :). I have to agree Robert Gray is an amazing writer. So funny actually my friend kept telling me to read this she read it in like 2 days & told me it’s really incredible so I can’t wait to read it as well I’m looking forward to getting mine in the mail pretty soon.

    Take Care,


  • Jesse

    on March 26, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Hi Allison

    Good to hear from you again, I cannot see the clip now because it is blocked at work. Hopefully, I would get to see it later. Someone is writing comments on my blog don’t think it is you. So sorry didn’t get to see it right now. However it is good to here from you. Umm


  • Nick Bracken

    on March 26, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Allison, its been awhile since you’ve been on. You must be a really busy lady, I watched your video last night with robert, and your as stunning as ever. I could write forever, but ill keep it as short as I can, ill go check and see if my chapters has that book from robert.
    Well I hope everything is good for you, and one day I do hope to meet you. I’m trying to find your movies you made but I can’t find them (You, Frog) are you able to tell me where I can get them.
    Sorry I’m babbling again I said I would keep it short, have a peachy day and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Later Allison


  • Kurt

    on March 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    It can be so intimate, I never thought of describing it like that, but yes, that is exactly how it feels. And it is so special when you can connect with a particular writing piece, it can be a truly amazing experience.

    Can I just take this time to say how great it is to hear from you again? I caught on to this site just after Christmas and there hasn’t been a new entry since then until now. Thankyou for this site, this community, your words, their words, my opportunities to share my own words, it’s incredible. It’s so inspiring and this place uplifts my spirits so much.

    Again, thankyou. And also, in a few days we here in Australia will finally be able to purchase Smallville season 8! I’ll pick up me preordered copy on the 31st, aching to see you shine.

  • Smallvillekent

    on March 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Allison, good to hear from you again. I have to try to watch this video later my computer is being difficult right now. I will look for Rob Gray’s book. Hope all is good with you. I will stop back later. See you.

  • Leticia

    on March 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I was thrilled to see his new post, I am very happy to see that you are a person enchanted by stories, I am too.

    I know this artist and indicates that you learn more and more of the world of stories, fiction, theater and arts in general.

    continue inspiring people with a wave of energy that arrives here in Brazil, through its characters, I love you.

    ps sorry for the horrible errors of grammar, I promise to improve my English. kisses

  • Beth

    on March 26, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Sounds awesome.
    Can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  • Jade Ruby

    on March 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I would hope that Rob could look more into screenplays. I really enjoyed A&H.

  • Aysha

    on March 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Hey Allison!

    Great to see a post! I found the interview to be very inspiring and relatable because when I write, I try not to put “filters” in my writing as well. I feel that once I let down my guards, the characters start speaking for themselves and that’s when I know that I am doing something right. Rob mentioned how our fictional worlds become our worlds, and that is so true. I like the freedom of creating my own world when I’m writing, as well as immersing myself into someone else’s world when I’m reading, as Jade Ruby mentioned so beautifully as her reading experience.

    It’s so amazing to see someone wanting to connect with various types of people through writing, and Rob expresses that so clearly in this wonderful chat.

    Thanks so much for sharing this dialogue with us!

    Very adorable that your mom is taping it!

  • Solti

    on March 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Allison!

    Great camera(wo)man and a fascinating interview 🙂 ! I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on it! And who know? Short stories, short films, awards …
    Ah, it is so good to hear from you again 🙂 !

    Good luck 🙂 !


  • dh1031

    on March 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Robert has a unique voice, not just to his writing, but to all his characters, you get a sense of where they’re coming from without having to delve into long back stories. Thanks for sharing this at-home interview, Kudos to your mom! 😉


  • Bouroux

    on March 27, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Hi Allison.
    It is with great pleasure that I read your message.
    Your interview is very touching and resembles a discussion between two friends.
    Telling stories is a gift from Rob and he uses it for our pleasure.
    Thank you for allowing us to discover his talent.
    I liked the idea of writing without filter. Beliefs are part of the filters. Beliefs prevent us from saying what we really think and this can affect the creativity of the author.
    I like the complicity between you, your mom and your freind.
    During the Olympic Games in Vancouver watching the competitions, I was constantly in telling me that every athlete has an incredible story to tell.
    These are people who have talent and have accepted to practice and make sacrifices for years to become the best in their disciplines.
    Then the big moment arrives, a fraction of a second too long or a wrong move and it is victory or defeat.
    How inspiring stories to tell to show to the ordinary people that we must not abandon, he must believe in their dreams. It was just the games slogan “I Believe”. But there were great joys and great disappointments. There have been examples of incredible courage as this Canadian artistic skater whose mother died in Vancouver two days before the big competition. She was very close to her mother, she was her guide, her mentor, her inspiration and her mother. She did not give up and she won the bronze medal.
    The Olympics is synonymous with courage and perseverance.
    The world needs to be telling inspirational stories.
    Your interpretation of Chloe is always fascinating and the fact that the character change enables us to appreciate your immense talent. We are sometimes a little worried about some of her decisions but I am on that final Chloe fall on her feet and grew out of all his misadventures. Fot the third year in a row, we don’y know if Chloe will be back. She is a great part of Smallville and it’s difficult to imagine Smallville without Chloe.
    Have a great weekend.

  • bwhited1968

    on March 28, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Hey Allie!

    It’s GREAT to hear form you again! I have see this interview before, and I agree with you that as an actor, words are SO IMPORTANT! Language tells us so very much, how a person thinks, feels, believes what they believes, and how deeply they believe. Rob is a really talented writer, and it is wonderful to hear you both speak about creativity!
    Really wonderful Stuff!!



  • taylor nikole

    on March 29, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    oh how i miss hearing your creative thoughts… reminds me of… me (only on occasion lately :/ ).
    I’ve been awfully drained of creative ideas since I’ve had to draw and paint constantly for Ap art…. gotta build a portfolio that will get me into school though… still trying to have fun with it…
    you know how much I love creativity and art 🙂
    ooo ill have to check out the short stories. great interview 🙂

  • adriano henri

    on March 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    oi allison !!
    gostaria de ver, pena que moro no Brasil !!!
    então pronta para outra aventura no mundo dos seriados ???

  • adriano henri

    on March 30, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    hi allison!
    would like to see, too bad I live in Brazil!
    then ready for another adventure in the world of sitcoms??

    kisses !! S2 s2 S2

  • lexluther

    on March 30, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Hello Allison, I send you warm regards all the way from India. Am a huge fan of Smallville, I started watching Smallville only a month back and am already on the 7th season and will catch up with the current one probably within a week or 2. Love the show, love your role !! Your naughty and mischievous eyes make you look very cute !!

  • IreneT

    on March 31, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    What I love about this interview is how vulnerable you both appeared. It was sweet, pure and honest.

    Mr. Grey is endearing & hilarious. He cracks me up! I’m intrigued to read the book. I just might…never know.

  • 1 Jade Ruby

    on March 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Maybe I should pick up a copy, cause I don’t think I’m going to pick up Ellison’s 1000 page collection of short fiction any time soon. Although I must admit I still want to get my hand’s on Ellison’s award winning Star Trek TOS teleplay, “City on the Edge of Forever” which is arguably the best TOS episode ever. But what I always liked was Ellison’s acerbic wit in his commentary, and this one is supposed to be with all stops let out!

    “Harlan Ellison has been called ‘one of the great living American short story writers’ by the Washington Post. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has won more awards for the 74 books he has written or edited, the more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns, the two dozen teleplays and a dozen motion pictures he has created, then any other living fantasist. He has won the Hugo award eight and a half times (shared once); the Nebula award three times; the Bram Stoker award, presented by the Horror Writers Association, five times (including The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996); the Edgar Allan Poe award of the Mystery Writers of America twice; the Georges Melies fantasy film award twice; two Audie Awards (for the best in audio recordings); and was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by P.E.N., the international writer’s union. He was presented with the first Living Legend award by the International Horror Critics at the 1995 World Horror Convention. He is also the only author in Hollywood ever to win the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding teleplay (solo work) four times, most recently for ‘Paladin of the Lost Hour’ his Twilight Zone episode that was Danny Kaye’s final role, in 1987. In 2006, Harlan was awarded the prestigious title of Grand Master by the SFWA. ‘Dreams With Sharp Teeth,’ the special documentary chronicling his life and works, will be available on DVD in May 2009.”

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  • Amanda

    on April 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    What a lovely video! The creative process is so interesting and uniquely individual. I find it fascinating how a seemingly random thought or personal experience inspires someone to create. Speaking as someone with little or no creativity, totally left brain dominant, I am amazed by anyone who can create in any form. Not only that, but how they can use that creativity to connect with others. Loved this!

  • Robin

    on April 2, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Hi Guys,

    I’d just like to echo the thoughts of all above on thanking you for sharing this discussion with your friend Rob Gray. I thought it was so interesting on hearing both your comments on the writing process, of how certain emotions, topics are easier to convey and express.

    I also thought the subject of having “real” experiences through art was fascinating- after all if we see or hear something and have an emotional reaction, is that any less real than an event that we have in our everyday lives? Art does allow each of us to share emotions to events we may never of have yet to have in our own lives.

    I’m off to order the book Crisp – looking forward to reading Rob’s work!

    Thanks for taking the time to share.

  • Torias

    on April 2, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Writing is hard! You have to overcome your own brain, and can be easily distracted by a fly or a good tv show.

    Wish I knew how to publish.

  • robval34

    on April 6, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Was looking for something interesting to read here.. won’t be until I get back to the States until I can get a handle on this book… hope it’s a good one… thanks for the heads up Allison.

  • 1 Jade Ruby

    on April 13, 2010 at 3:20 am

    I see you’ll be getting your own commercial in the LA market Allison.
    It’s good to see you have such support.

  • BEAutifullyBROken

    on April 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I LOVE this interview! People have really criticized and mocked me because of the way I see writing and reading. They say it’s a waste of time, so seeing this interview between two people who are in love with writing just as I am was a complete relief.

    I consider myself really a kind of beginner writer, cause really all I’ve written is fan fiction but thanks to that I found out I LOVE to write, since then I long to be able to write a REAL novel.

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I needed a bit of an “artistic pick-me-up” if you get what I mean.

  • Ruthie

    on April 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Great and lovely indeed! What better than artists discussing the creative process and effect of art on our life experience. As a writer, I can relate to this! Looking forward to checking out Mr. Gray’s work. Thanks for sharing!

  • 1 Jade Ruby

    on April 21, 2010 at 1:49 am

    With summertime approaching, I guess I will pick up a copy.

  • Brittany

    on April 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    It is wonderful to hear from you Allison! I admire writers so much. They have the ultimate gift with words and they express them in ways no one would ever think of. I want to become a writer and I’m very passionate about writing. I hope all is well! Take care!
    Much love & support,
    Brittany XOXOXOXO

  • Medina

    on April 22, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Hi everyboddy

    Hi Allisson!

    your superfan from Amazon is back

    watching Smalville, great season.


    for all

  • bwhited1968

    on April 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Hey Allie!

    We miss hearing from you! Just got my first Demo Reel on YouTube! Linked on my website, and I am headed to LA for a meeting in August! I hope to hear from you soon!!!

    I can’t thank you enough for your inspiration to return to my Passion! I NEVER thought I would be on the path I am on now, and I owe it all to you!!

    “Is pursuing a career in acting worth it??”
    “ABSOLUTELY!!!! If you are strong enough!”… and if you find in your heart that you are, you will never work another day in your life again!!! GO FOR IT!!!


  • musmicl

    on April 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    If I have to write a book to get a kiss, then I shall! You are truly beautiful Allison.

  • Loren

    on May 27, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Hello Allison sorry to hear a few bad posts have to shut u down. i had same problem on my Racing site. so i shut it down. well haev i nice memorial day myself and family are going camping..

  • Guedes

    on June 28, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Olá Alison,

    Sou um grande fã aqui do Brasil, estou em São Paulo, e queria te desejar muito sucesso e felicidade, e estou cenvencido que é a garota mais bela do seriado Smalville,

    um grande beijo


  • Eliezer Goncalves

    on January 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

    my name is Elie.
    I’m from Brazil.
    you’re beautiful
    its very good job in Smallville.
    What are your next films?
    A big kiss.
    Sorry my english..

  • Daniel Trevisanutto

    on February 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Holy Crap! I can’t believe I was looking around the site and found this video. Rob taught me two summer courses while I was at university. I saw the name Rob Gray and didn’t think that it was possible that it could be the same guy; I was wrong. Rob was, hands-down, the greatest professor that I ever had. I will, 100%, purchase this book because I support anything that he is involved with. Unbelievable that two people who I dig what they do, sat down and had a chat about such a fascinating subject. I’ve met one, now I just need to meet the other. haha
    N.B. – I proved him wrong about the depth of meaning in a short story during one of those courses and will forever hold that as the highlight of my university experience. He was prepared to flunk my presentation before I scored over 90% on it!

  • joey wallin

    on May 6, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Wow u have a beautiful voice n u look really gorgeous

  • joey wallin

    on May 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    U sing very beautiful