Allan grew up in Scotland. Brechin to be precise. Brechin — the UK’s smallest city. Home of Brechin City FC, Brechin Cathedral, Brechin Castle and a population of roughly 6000.
He now lives in the countryside of central Kentucky, USA. Georgetown is home to Georgetown College (not Georgetown University — that’s a completely different Georgetown), horse farms, and the Toyota plant employing over 6500.
Growing up Allan always wanted to fly aircraft for a living. The Royal Air Force had the coolest ones, so he did everything he could to make sure his dream came true. It did. So he flew jets when they looked cool and made almost as much smoke as noise.
In 1991 Allan married Christy. When he told the RAF that he was going to do that and wanted to leave, they told him he never had any intention of ever sticking out the service in the first place, and weren’t sure why he had even joined. He politely said, “I quit.” He’s never liked the RAF as much since then.
After moving to the US and back to Christy’s hometown, Allan started flying aircraft again and has been involved in business aviation ever since. In the 40 years since the first time he took the controls of a glider at the Angus Gliding Club in Arbroath, he has flown everything from a hot air balloon, Cessna 150 and Beagle Husky to a Victor K2, Boeing 727 and Gulfstream G550.
Allan is a leading figure in the business aviation community in the United States and continues to work with both industry and government leaders to formulate a safer aviation environment.
Allan has been a long-time fan of crime fiction, and in particular that which is based in Scotland. Since turning his hand to writing, he has found out that reading it is easier. Consequently, he’s spending more and more time in front of his computer.
He tries to get back “home” (even though he’s lived in the US just as long as the UK) every couple of years. Living somewhere other than Scotland makes him much more appreciative of his homeland, and certainly more patriotic than he probably would have been if he were still living in the UK. He’s trying to work out if this is a good thing.
His wife, Christy, three incredible daughters, two funny dogs, a weird cat, and two goldfish (Rebus and McRae) put up with him at home.
Many things interest Allan — some of which you’ll hear about on this site.