Gloria Allen is a freelance writer who lives in Somerset, New Jersey. She lived in Freetown, Sierra Leone before emigrating to the United States of America in May 1997. While in Sierra Leone, she owned a secretarial institution and organized professional development conferences, training programs, and workshops for administrative and secretarial personnel. She also founded the National Association of Secretaries in 1995. Between 1994 and 1996, she self-published two booklets, Guide to Administrators and Secretaries and premiered the first secretarial magazine, The Secretary. She writes poetry, and three of her poems were published in an anthology by Poetry.com. She graduated from the Clough Secretarial College, Canterbury, Kent, UK in 1966. She pursued courses in Meeting Management, Article and Fiction Writing from the New York University, The New School, as well as on line Gotham Writers’ Workshops respectively. She is a current member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, and also the Krio Descendant Union, Northeast Chapter. She is the president of her alma mater, Methodist Girls’ High School Alumnae Association, New York/New Jersey Branch. She has two married children and four grandchildren.