J.Allan Longshadow began his career as an author writing short stories about the supernatural, a collection of which were published in the anthology ‘I Can Sing a Rainbow’. He is currently working on his new novel.
In his own words
“Words have always played a central role in my life, both personal and professional. My parents taught me the joy of books very early on, and as a child, I was a voracious reader. By the time I reached the junior class in my primary school (it only had two classes, infants and juniors) I had already devoured every single title that the school ‘library’ had to offer. Seeing my hunger for reading and the need to furnish me with more pages, my father began introducing me to various authors from his own extensive book collection.
Discovering Ray Bradbury was the turning point, when I suddenly realised that I was no longer content just to read. I knew, after reading ‘The Halloween Tree’ and ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, that my true calling was to be a writer.
It was this love of language that saw me excel in English throughout school, and also saw me train as an English teacher, paving the way for me to spend eight years teaching abroad. It was during this time that I began writing short fiction, inspired by my experiences on the road. The culmination was my first published book ‘I Can Sing a Rainbow’, which was released on my thirtieth birthday.
Although my true love has always been fiction, in particular fantasy, I’ve always been a realist and put the need to earn a living for myself and my family above all else. My skills as a writer have always been kind to me, and consequently I’ve spent a great deal of my thirties working as a journalist, commercial copywriter and editor.
In 2018, I experienced a series of life events that turned the world as I then knew it upside down. As the dust settled, I realised that in the midst of the chaos, a book had been born. The seed for my first full length novel had been sown, and in a moment of intense clarity I knew the direction that my writing career had to take.”
J.Allan Longshadow, Author