|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 four years of college at 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, and years later graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BS in Economics and a Masters in Creative Writing.
In 1999, Alan retired from his career in Information Technology to devote more time to his three hobbies: writing, traveling, and tennis. During that same timeframe, 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
working on his first novel, Island Song. He has now
published eight novels, two short stories, and is
currently searching for a producer to turn his three
lgbt-themed screenplays into movies.
In June of
2008, Alan married the love of his life, Herman Chin.
They were the first male/male couple married in Marin
9th, 2014, Bold Strokes Books will publish Alan's
eighth novel, First Exposure. Alan is now busy
completing a an anthology of short stories
that will be published in Feb. 2015, as well as
working diligently on his ninth novel.
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.