I’m Jackson Allen, but that isn’t my real name.
When I was young, I was a child actor in Hollywood. You might even know some of the films, commercials and TV shows I’ve been in. Sadly, it wasn’t a very happy way to grow up. The stories you read about child actors being abused – physically, emotionally, and mentally – are true. I came away from that life with a lot of scars and baggage.
Later in life, I made a number of bad choices with alcohol and substance abuse. Weird to go from the Hollywood lifestyle to six-foot cells and homelessness, but those are the breaks. It took a long time to pull myself out of the wreckage and start building my life again.
One of the outcomes of my life is a severe anxiety disorder. Like millions of others, I live with a disabling mental condition that limits the interaction I can have with other people.
Bad kids can still turn out good.
… The Stories I Tell
As a storyteller, my process is always evolving. However, there are some guiding principles I work with that are more or less constant:
- Be kind
- Tell stories that are safe for any audience
- Respect the reader by telling stories with integrity and authenticity
I love science fiction, so I tell science fiction stories. However, to keep things simple, I’ll be telling ‘young adult sci-fi’ stories, and my hope is that people of every age enjoys reading them. I’ll add to this as I go along. I’d love to be able to tell you the whole plan now, but I’m still figuring it out, myself! 🙂