|Alan Chin was born in Ogden, Utah, where he
was christened, Alan Lewis Hurlburt. He was raised in San
Jose, California where he enjoyed an undistinguished
childhood. After graduating high school, Alan served four
years in the U.S. Navy where he learned and practiced the
trade of aircraft mechanic while stationed at the naval
air station in Kingsville, Texas. In his four-year
enlistment in the navy, Alan never set foot on a ship.
Alan attended San Francisco State University, studying the field of Data Processing. Afterwards, he enjoyed a twenty year career working his way from computer programmer, to software engineer, to network designer, and finally to manager of several software development groups.
In 1991, while still working full time, Alan went back to night school. Years later he graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BS in Economics and a Masters in Creative Writing.
In 1999, Alan retired from his IT career to devote more time to his three hobbies: writing, traveling, and tennis. Also at that time, Alan legally changed his name to Alan Chin, so that he could share the same family name as his life partner, Herman Chin.
turned serious about his writing in 2003, and began
his first novel, Island Song. He has now published
nine novels, an anthology or short stories, and is
currently searching for a producer to turn his three
lgbt-themed screenplays into movies.
In June of
2008, Alan married Herman Chin. They were the first
male/male couple married in Marin County, California.
Alan lives and writes half of each year at his home in southern California, and he spends the other half of each year traveling the globe.