DSPP author Alan Chin has a new Alternative History book out:
The realities of war are brutal for any man, but for a Buddhist like Andrew Waters, they’re unthinkable. And reconciling his serene nature with the savagery of World War II isn’t the only challenge Andrew faces. First, he must overcome the deep prejudice his half-Chinese ancestry evokes from his shipmates, a feat he manages by providing them with the best meals any destroyer crew ever had. Then he falls in love with his superior officer, and the two men struggle to satisfy their growing passion within the confines of the military code of conduct. In a distracted moment, he reveals his sexuality to the crew, and his effort to serve his country seems doomed.
When the ship is destroyed, Andrew and the crew are interned in Changi, a notorious Japanese POW camp. In order to save the life of the man he loves, Andrew agrees to become the commandant’s whore. He uses his influence with the commandant to help his crew survive the hideous conditions, but will they understand his sacrifice or condemn him as a traitor?
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Alan Chin was born in Ogden, Utah, where he was christened, Alan Lewis Hurlburt. He was raised in San Jose, California where he enjoyed an undistinguished childhood. After graduating high school, Alan served four years in the U.S. Navy where he learned and practiced the trade of aircraft mechanic while stationed at the naval air station in Kingsville, Texas. In his four-year enlistment in the navy, Alan never set foot on a ship.
Alan attended four years of college at San Francisco State University, studying the field of Data Processing. Afterwards, he enjoyed a twenty year career working his way from computer programmer, to software engineer, to network designer, and finally to manager of several software development groups.
In 1991, while still working full time, Alan went back to night school, and years later graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BS in Economics and a Masters in Creative Writing.
In 1999, Alan retired from his career in Information Technology to devote more time to his three hobbies: writing, traveling, and tennis. During that same timeframe, Alan legally changed his name to Alan Chin, so that he could share the same family name as his life partner, Herman Chin.
Alan turned serious about his writing in 2003, and began working on his first novel, Island Song. He has now published eight novels, two short stories, and is currently searching for a producer to turn his three lgbt-themed screenplays into movies.
In June of 2008, Alan married the love of his life, Herman Chin. They were the first male/male couple married in Marin County, California.
Alan lives and writes half of each year at his home in southern California, and he spends the other half of each year traveling the globe.