Alan travelled extensively in the international oil and gas industry as a marine geophysicist and it was during his time off that he first began writing novels for adults. Following the selection of his third novel, Woollyback, for a tutored adaptation for the silver screen, Alan went on to complete a Masters in Screenwriting at Bournemouth Film School. From then on he decided to concentrate on writing screenplays and making short films, the best of which, Giri, won four festival awards. It was only when Alan completed his first screenplay for children, See Bella, that he came up with the idea for a series of children’s books. The first in the series, See Bella, was a Book Genre Winner in the 2022 Page Turner Awards. Alan now divides his creative time between writing for screen, TV and children.