Alan R. Hall

Alan R. Hall is a native North Carolina author and theater critic who has plied his trade for over thirty years. He is also a columnist, essayist, and short story writer.  Alan graduated from the University of Georgia’s Augusta State University with a B.A. in English, then studied music, literature for performance, and Speech communication at UNC-CH. 

Always a lover of books, Alan spent his first business years as a bookseller, before entering into library work. He spent 10 years at the UNC Law Library, then was the Technical Librarian for the Central Carolina Bank (now Suntrust).  Alan makes his home in Chapel Hill, NC.

Hobbies & Interest

Alan is an avid reader of Mysteries, especially those involving the greatest sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. His library is full of books by many varied authors who tried (with varying degrees of success) to sound like John H. Watson, MD.

Lifelong lover of music, particularly the era from the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies: the post-hippie, pre-grunge era of Rock and Roll. Also a New Age music fan, with composer/artists like Vangelis, Mike Oldfield, and Michael Gettel.  He’s trying to teach himself piano, but that’s supposed to be a secret!  Another favorite genre is the musical/soundtrack.

Anything to do with Law and Order, the Original Series.  Has watched it religiously on reruns for many years, and would love to be a judge when he grows up!

Alan spent many years, before he began writing criticism, as an actor, performing in such places as NCSU’s Thompson Theatre, Raleigh Little Theater, and UNC’s student theater. Also spent two seasons performing in Duke’s Summer Theater, a season in Cherokee’s “Unto These Hills,” and two seasons at Snow Camp’s “The Sword of Peace.”

The Naked Queen

This is his first full-length novel. Alan has lived in Chapel Hill since 1974. Always a lover of books, he began his career as a bookseller before switching gears and going to work for the University of North Carolina’s Law Library. He went on to become Technical Librarian for the Central Carolina Bank (now Suntrust). He considers himself fortunate to be able to “call North Carolina Home.”

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BOOK

“The Naked Queen” started out as a short story. But it soon outgrew the limits of one, taking on more characters and more locations as the story took on a life of its own. Any author who has stuck it out will tell you that the characters in your book speak to you. They will remind you of prior events, that their character “just wouldn’t do that,” or how they would react to a certain situation.  Soon the book had outgrown the castle at Tabit’s Keep, and it was necessary to create an entire country for the knights to go roaming around in.  There’s a map of Tabithia, named after Jonathann Tabit, the explorer who founded it, in the front of the book.

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Reviews

"A tale that delivers an eclectic mix of courtly affairs"
"Cover me not, but let me remain as I am, and show this whole country—nay, this whole world—how I do belong to thee."