About me

The dream that almost was
  I was born in North Yorkshire, England in October 1956; although the family left our roots in the early 1970's, I still consider myself a Yorkshire man and the coastal area around there features in my sea stories.

For than longer than I care to remember, I have wanted the chance to be a writer. Unlike many friends online I never entered contests or took writing classes, mainly because I am too unsure of myself. Despite people telling me to the opposite, I still believe I am not all that good. This is despite having a series that sold over 750 e-books in three and a half years http://alsdomain.weebly.com/forgestriker---the-hit-series.html#.Vric1X2LTnA 


Many people - not me - consider me a bestseller for the many sales my series has garnered, as only Forgestriker has done well; I class myself as a one-hit wonder.

I got the chance to write during the Summer of 2011 when I tore my Achilles tendon and was laid up for two months. At first, I wrote for a few friends in the UK, over time they asked me to send some work to magazines as they thought it was good enough. I was never sure of my worth and kept stalling until I decided to take the chance and contact an editor friend who ran http://www.vintagescript.co.uk/. My idea was to try and get Emma to put my ghost story in the Christmas 2011 edition, but Emma decided to run a special online page Halloween on the website, the idea came from reading my story.

 In the time since my first publication, I have earned a reputation for writing ghost and weird science stories which have been likened to the works of E A Poe/  F.Paul Wilson /H.P. Lovecraft and  Sheridan LeFanu to mention a few.

 During the latter part of 2012, I was invited by some close friends to join the group http://thepeacockwriters.weebly.com/our-mission.html#.UaviwtLVAW6, we are a group of international writers who bring out two books a year, the monies go to children's charities.

   In October 2012, my book Chronicles of Mark Johnson achieved the honor of a seal and certificate of excellence at  http://indiependents.org/indie-seal-books.html. This book is no longer for sale as it never sold in the five years after the award.


 2014 was a tremendous year for me, by far my best decision has been to take my Canadian friend Lisa Williamson's advice and enlist my books at Draft2Digital, their link to Barnes and Noble has given me massive sales boost with sales of my Sci-Fi series http://alsdomain.weebly.com/forgestriker---the-hit-series.html#.U0KKLahdXDM

I spent 2013 and the early part of 2014 writing "A Sailor's Love" https://www.draft2digital.com/book/34522     this is an erotic ghost romance, with a spiritual edge to it. To get an idea of the content, imagine a mix of the drama of "The Flying Dutchman," the honesty and love of the sea of "Peter Grimes" and the raw passions of "Wuthering Heights."

  
Over the period 2015 to 2017, I gradually wound down my writing as the sales for books outside the Science Fiction were not forthcoming. My books can be bought on several sites GooglePlay play.google.com/store/books/author?id=Alan%20Place&hl=en, Barnes & Noble  http://alsdomain.weebly.com/barnes--noble.html, Smashwords  http://alsdomain.weebly.com/free-reads/smashwords#.WQOxHfQrLrc, and Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007U50BOI

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