about j gavin allan

I have been writing in hopes of a literary career for sixteen years. The best description of me would be a highly unsuccessful writer. My stories often write themselves. Pushed onward by my experiences, imagination and recollections of false or failed expectations, they seem to come together.

My work reflects three personal adages. Please try to understand, what makes me tick?

the best time to love is when it is impossible                                                                                               love hurts! otherwise, what’s the point?                                                                                                         only through heartbreak can someone find true love                 

Read and enjoy,

j gavin allan

Be brutal with your critiques, others have.


38 responses to “about j gavin allan

  1. liv2write2day

    April 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Love your personal adages…I don’t think anyone who lives by these could be considered unsuccessful,

  2. Autumn Macarthur

    April 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I’m not sure I would describe you as “highly unsuccessful”! You may not be published where you want to be yet, but you are writing. You are putting your writing out there. You’re showing determination and courage thousands of wannabee writers out there don’t show.
    Your three adages seem to me to be the necessary ingredients for fabulously readable romantic fiction! I just hope that in real life love sometimes brings you joy as well as pain.

    • jgavinallan

      April 24, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you so much. You picked a good time to boost my morale. I hope you can enjoy, and add advice to my work.

      Bless you, Jaye

  3. waxings

    April 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm


    I followed your link back from your comments on my blog. I hope you don’t mind.

    Your stories here are beautifully written and leave me a little frustrated because I want to know more! More about the past and the present for these characters and curious about the future. (Although I’m a little soft-hearted and not sure I want to know more about the abusive uncle)

    I’d love to post some of your writing on Waxings if you’re willing. Hope to hear from you soon.


    • jgavinallan

      April 28, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      I will send an e mail with more information. I feel honored at your request. I am floating on a cloud thanks to you. Also, what I said about that last paragraph was true.

      bye Jaye

  4. Invisible Mikey

    April 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Those are intriguing adages. Besides hoping for it, I hope you follow consistent practices for achieving a writing career such as regular submissions to magazines and contests etc.
    Here’s a typical link for freelancers:

    I don’t write for pay, and in many ways that frees what I do, but I can’t say that any of my work feels as if it writes itself. I have to think about the topics for days ahead, and usually polish the heck out of an article before I publish on the blog. Most of my re-writing is taking out extra words. My posts begin 2-3 times as long as they end up.

    I’ll give your work a look, and I might offer some reactions, but there’s enough brutality offered by professional critics already, as well as by the world in general. I’ll try to be simple and honest.

  5. Spectra

    May 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I agree with Invisible Mikey, for me, anyway: I have to re-write, re-write, ad infinitum! And after I hit that “Publish” button – YIKES! I still have to edit 5,6 or 7 more times to get it tight enough. This is even after keeping things in the edit “hold” for a week or more, sometimes.

    But like you, my stuff starts out easily writing itself. It’s just not tight enough to publish. I am amazed at how much I miss when editing…grrrrr!

    I love your blog theme – I had actually chosen it for a blog I deleted, but it is an awesome, free wordpress offering.

    I will now look further into your writing, but from what little I have already read, I like it and it is easy to follow.

    Never give up, M’Lady!

    • jgavinallan

      May 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you so much. Editing can take the whole day. I have two completed novels ready to be pitched. If I go back to them, just to read some particular scene, suddenly the rewriting bug starts to crawl along my fingers. Yik!

      • Jade

        June 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm

        Omgosh! I thought I was the only one who follows this motto with my writing too! It’s my favorite quote ^^

        And to Ms. Jaye, I’ve yet to read your excerpts, but from what I have seen of your blog and work so far, you are very far from an unsuccessful writer. Just to have one novel finished is hard work in and of itself and a success all on its own! And you say you finished two novels?! I have to most respectfully disagree with your calling yourself an unsuccessful writer. That being said, I hope to see your novels in bookstores and libraries very soon😉

  6. Adina

    May 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Most well known writers and poets were writing in obscurity for a long time, success is relative.
    Think about: it. And ultimately, my motto in life :
    “Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”

    • jgavinallan

      May 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      Adina: Your motto is awesome. It should be the mantra for all writers.
      Thank you—soooooooo much!


    • Jade

      June 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      Omgosh! I thought I was the only one who follows this motto with my writing too! It’s my favorite quote ^^

      And to Ms. Jaye, I’ve yet to read your excerpts, but from what I have seen of your blog and work so far, you are very far from an unsuccessful writer. Just to have one novel finished is hard work in and of itself and a success all on its own! And you say you finished two novels?! I have to most respectfully disagree with your calling yourself an unsuccessful writer. That being said, I hope to see your novels in bookstores and libraries very soon😉

      • jgavinallan

        June 7, 2011 at 12:47 am

        Your words are very kind. I hope to have my work occupying bookshelves…if not…at least may they entertain wonderful people as your self.

        bye..and thanks

  7. liv2write2day

    May 22, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Ah, Jaye. And this is the 2nd time I’ve visited your home page. I would love to see you change the highly unsuccessful writer to something like a highly-successful-writer in process…or? The very fact that you put words together (and you do it well) is SUCCESS. Thanks so much for your kind comments on my site.

  8. jgavinallan

    May 22, 2011 at 3:08 am


    Thanks again. Maybe something will happen in June—hope hope…But your kind support makes me feel successful…no matter what happens.

    PS: Your posts deserve kind, wonderful comments.

  9. Woman Wielding Words

    May 29, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog today. I look forward to wandering through yours and getting to know you better through your writing.


    • jgavinallan

      May 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you so very much. I love your blog and through your blog I found SITS. Your pieces are lovely.


  10. KayP

    May 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I think more than about being published, a successful writer is one who HAS something to write, and writes it with his/her whole heart! And I see you doing that:)

    Here’s wishing you lots of smiles and happy times and all things that are good.

    Happy Writing!❤


    • jgavinallan

      May 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      Thank you Kay…your blog also is full of “what a body needs to hear.”
      I appreciate your time and hope you enjoy..and when it comes to my favorite work(Stories of the Bru)…find the tales informative and interesting.


  11. Explorations in Sacred Space

    June 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    A fine “about” – thank you! And I do love your personal axioms. Well done. Nice blog …


    • jgavinallan

      June 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Welcome, Jamie:
      I hope you find entertainment at my little secret hid-a-way…
      Thanks again

  12. Khalid Marzook

    July 15, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Allow me to disagree. You stated above that “The best description of me would be a highly unsuccessful writer”.
    I don’t believe that.

    Here’s why I don’t believe that’s a correct description: If you were, as you claim, a “highly unsuccessful writer”, then you simply wouldn’t be writing anything here. You wouldn’t have had those comments from those people who are interested in a good read.

    If I didn’t like what I read, I wouldn’t have commented. But I did. And I believe you’re a “highly talented, but unnoticed, writer.”

    • jgavinallan

      July 15, 2011 at 1:02 am

      Thank you for your comment. It was wonderful. Today, it has ben very hard to write…a bit of a block concerning one of my characters. It is inspiring to read such a thoughtful observation.
      unnoticed…I really like that…

    • jgavinallan

      July 15, 2011 at 1:05 am

      I wanted to read anything on your blog..but there seems to be some difficulty…hope to enjoy some of your posts

      • Khalid Marzook

        July 15, 2011 at 1:17 am

        Hello Jaye,
        My old blog is but it should automatically redirect you to my new blog.
        I’m still new to the blogging community, so I do apologize.

        Here’s the link to my new blog
        I started posting today and hopefully will continue doing so on a regular basis.

        I’m very glad I was of some help. Personally, even though I never wrote anything as well structured as you, I understand how writing could be hard. My blog is basically about a few challenges I set myself, one of which is writing.
        I’ll be more than grateful if you liked to check it out some time.

        Thank you,

      • jgavinallan

        July 15, 2011 at 1:45 am

        Do not worry..I found it…I like it so far


  13. mish

    August 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Hi J ~ Nice to meet you ! I followed your link from Victoria’s blog . Thanks for popping in and leaving a comment at my interview yesterday . I really appreciate it .
    I’m going to spend some time … wander around … and check out your blog !
    Cheers !

    • jgavinallan

      August 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      I just wandered around your blog…interesting…and found some good ideas…
      Thanks…hope to entertain you

  14. deliamk

    September 25, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Hi Jaye! I hadn’t heard from you in awhile, which is okay, I just wanted to make sure all was well. Blessings! ~ Delia:)

    • jgavinallan

      September 29, 2011 at 5:17 am

      Della…everything is great…I am living some of my stries. Hope to read your work now…ony on internet every few weeks

      • deliamk

        October 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm

        Glad to hear you are doing well:)

  15. South beach

    September 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    what a materpeace u have going on here

    • jgavinallan

      September 29, 2011 at 5:19 am

      Thankl you so much…I hope you enjoy all my stories…
      I am living some parts of my fiction…now

  16. Subhan Zein

    April 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Your writing is an art; it’s beautiful. I think if you keep doing what you’re doing now, you will have good future. So keep it up my friend!:-)
    I have a joyful ride in your blog, and now I’d like to invite you to visit mine. Thank you and have a wonderful day, my friend!:-)
    Subhan Zein

  17. website

    May 25, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Hello, I just hopped over to your website thru StumbleUpon. Not somthing I would usually browse, but I appreciated your thoughts none the less. Thank you for creating something worth reading through.

  18. Bodhirose

    May 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Still thinking of you, my friend. Hope you are still writing and creating your wonderful stories. Had a dream the other night of the Bru…interesting.

    Love you!

  19. nettrobbens

    October 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I nominated your blog for the new Reality Blog Award! Congratulations! This is a “no rules Award” and you can find the details here at Decide what you would like to do based on time and other considerations as there are no rules.


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