Tulsa, Oklahoma native Allie West has the gift of gab. She’s got a knack for telling stories and rarely meets a stranger. She spent most of her career in Atlanta, Georgia advocating for quality early childhood education.Taking her passion for education a step further, she earned her Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training in 2011 and started Diverse Solutions Consulting and Training in 2015. She’s trained both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics including child health and nutrition,social and emotional wellness, creating professional work cultures, how to dress for your body type and VA Benefits. West has many titles - mom, wife, entrepreneur, and now published author. Her novel, A Dressed Up Mess, is the first book in a series based on her life. A Dressed Up Mess captures her lucid way of undressing her internal chaos, facing her ugly truths, and her ability to bounce back. West now lives in Germany with her husband, where she spends her days consulting, traveling, writing, and doing a little shopping.
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A Dressed Up Mess

Allie West has it all – a good job, tons of friends, and a small close-knit family in Atlanta. On the cusp of her success, she cashed in her charmed life for love, and the check bounced. Now, she’s forced to hit restart. Midlife crisis? No, not for Allie. Life simply can’t happen this way for her, or so she thought. Take a trip with her as she finds herself back where it all began - at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, literally in her parents’ house, starting over at nearly forty years old. Putting the pieces of her life together while dealing with family dynamics isn’t easy. Hometown issues she ran from years ago begin to resurface, not to mention the new ones with her children after escaping the harassment of an evil, abusive, manipulating ex. Allie ran from failure, inadequacy, rejection, and depression and hit the mall. Sure, she’s a mess, but she’s a dressed up mess. Follow her as she fixes her life or not.  Are you ready ?

“A phenomenal read! Allison has crafted a novel that tackles heavy issues such as mental health, familial ties, the cycles of abuse and sex in a raw, funny and meaningful way. It’s a bumpy journey many women can relate too, with a sweet destination. Worth the read! ” 

Hank Byrd, Filmmaker

“The beauty of this story is that it shows that even the strongest, most intelligent women can find themselves in the toughest of situations. As a mother, I related to the strong sense of protection for one’s children. As a woman, I understand how complex love can be. A great story of survival and not giving up on love. ” 

Nicole Standish, Playwright

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