Brett Allen is a husband, father, and former U.S. Army Cavalry Officer, who deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 with the 10th Mountain Division. On deployment, Brett served as his Squadron’s Air Operations planner, lead bootleg movie scout, and was the linchpin in Headquarters coffee production. His experiences, good, bad, and odd, have made him uniquely qualified to pen his novel, Kilroy Was Here, a tongue-in-cheek look at American operations in Afghanistan.
Educated at Michigan State University, Brett currently works as a Case Analyst for Russell Law Firm P.C. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When not writing and working, Brett enjoys reading, running (preferably for exercise and not survival), and chasing his two children around his house. Brett is an avid runner who has completed four marathons and one Tough Mudder. But like all people, Brett lives with a duality inside of him, as his love for physical fitness is forever at war with a passion for good donuts. In fact, large swathes of Kilroy Was Here were birthed in the sugar-rich atmosphere of his local donut shop.
Brett got his start in writing when he was invited to contribute to his friend’s blog, Lies About Ben, in college. Brett has written numerous short stories since then and recently his short story, The Kherwar, was selected for publication on The Veteran’s Writing Project’s website, “O-Dark-Thirty” and his short story “Pine River Raid” has been published in the Fourth Edition of the Walloon Writers Review in Michigan.
*For more information on Brett Allen, check out his unauthorized autobiography, “Where Pigs Dare Fly”.