Michelle is absolutely thrilled to welcome Alan Orloff to Fuse Literary! Alan is a fantastic crime writer of both short stories and novels with a bevy of award nominations on his resume, and wins including an International Thriller Writers Thriller Award and a Derringer Award.

Alan Orloff’s debut mystery, Diamonds For The Dead, was an Agatha Award finalist for Best First Novel. He’s also written two books in the Last Laff mystery series, Killer Routine and Deadly Campaign (all from Midnight Ink). His suspense novel, Running From The Past (Kindle Press), was a Kindle Scout selection, and his most recent thriller, Pray For The Innocent won the ITW Thriller Award (Best E-Book Original). His PI novel, I Know Where You Sleep, was published in February 2020 from Down & Out Books.

Writing as his darker half Zak Allen, he’s published three novels: The Taste (horror/thriller), First Time Killer (thriller), and Ride-Along (suspense).

His short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, NEEDLE, Shotgun Honey Presents: Locked & Loaded, Jewish Noir, Flash Bang Mysteries, Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning, Mystery Weekly, 50 Shades Of Cabernet, Shotgun Honey, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Noir At The Salad Bar, Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, And Felonies, Mystery Most Geographical, The Night Of The Flood, and four volumes of the Best New England Crime Stories anthologies (Windward, Snowbound, Landfall, Seascape). Stories in The Swamp Killers, The Beat Of Black Wings, and Mickey Finn are upcoming.

His story, “Happy Birthday,” was a 2018 Derringer Award finalist (Flash category), “Dying in Dokesville” won the 2019 Derringer Award (Short category), and his story, “Rule Number One was selected for the 2018 edition of The Best American Mystery Stories anthology, edited by Louise Penny.

Before Alan stepped off the corporate merry-go-round to concentrate on his writing, he held a variety of positions at a number of prominent companies, including General Electric, The Washington Post, and Arbitron Ratings. In the nineties, he founded Environmental Newsletters, Inc. to help organizations reduce their negative impact on the environment.

Alan earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from MIT/Sloan. He’s taught fiction-writing workshops at The Writer’s Center (Bethesda, MD) and in various other venues. For more info, visit: www.alanorloff.com