Alan Bray was born in Detroit, Michigan. 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.
His first publication was A Variation in Temperature in 2009, followed by others, the most recent being The Loss of the Whaling Ship Pequod in 2021. 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. His story The Porous Texture of Snow was long-listed for the 2019 Fish International Short Story Prize. He maintains that writing is a positive and intense pre-occupation.