Alan Bray was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1954. He studied at the University of Michigan and later at Wayne State University, working first as a professional musician and then as a clinical social worker. After a move to Chicago in the 90s and a happy marriage, he continued a career in clinical social work. In 1997, he and his family moved to Hanover, New Hampshire, and he began to write fiction. Work on a novel proceeded along with short stories. His first publication was “A Variation in Temperature” in 2009, followed by others, the most recent being “Already She Was Root” in 2016. In 2013, he published “The Hour of Parade” which was IndieReader’s 2014 pick for Best Literary Fiction and a B.R.A.G. Medallion Winner. In 2015, Bartleby Snopes Literary published a long short story, “The Puppet’s Tattered Clothes,” for their Flash Novel Series. Bray’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his story “Refrain” won Honorable Mention in Glimmertrain’s Fall 2016 Fiction Open Contest. He maintains that writing is a positive and intense pre-occupation.