My name is Allan.
Welcome & Thank You for visiting the Scribbler.
If you’re new to the South Branch Scribbler, you might wonder where the name of the blog came from.
I grew up in a small community called… you guessed it… South Branch.
On the eastern shore of New Brunswick, in Kent County, lies a village of Rexton and from there the Nicholas river flows from three branches, East, West and South, ergo, the names of the communities that grew around the rivers.
I didn’t live there for the first ten months of my life; those were spent in an orphanage in Saint John. Luckily, I was adopted by Beatrice and William Hudson. An older brother and sister-in-law and three older sisters that spoiled me. Ah, it was a wonderful childhood – all good memories.
Looking back, I’ve been a fortunate man. Married to a wonderful, gracious lady, Gloria Chiasson. A son Adam, two stepsons Chris and Mark and their spouses and children. I’ve had many adventures in my life. I have a loving and supportive family. I’m blessed with many good friends. I’m a very lucky man.
I started writing later in life, inspired by one of my favorite authors, Bryce Courtenay, who began his writing career in his mid-fifties. It has been one of my most rewarding pastimes. I’ve been an avid reader all my life. It started with Dick & Jane – a primary reader my mother brought home from her work – Bea was a school teacher and taught me to read at an early age.
I’m a fan of many authors. Diana Stevan, MJ LaBeff, Chuck Bowie, Roger Moore, S C Eston, Angela Wren, Stephen Kiernan, Adrianna Dagnino, Beth Powning, Susan Toy, Leon Uris, Len Deighton, Herman Wouk, Trevanian, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Ken Follett, John Grisham, Steinbeck, Wilbur Smith and of course, Bryce Courtenay.
I enjoy my blog and sharing other people’s accomplishments. I hope you do too. I would love to hear from you. email@example.com