Alison McMahan is a screenwriter, author and filmmaker. Her first book was the award-winning Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), a critical study of the first woman filmmaker. The film rights to this book have been sold for a documentary. She is following that up with a novel about Alice Guy Blaché’s life. McMahan also wrote The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Bloomsbury 2005) and a historical mystery novel, The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal Books, 2014), and has a medieval spy novel on submission.