1980: Chad Alan Welker-Marinacci was born in Tacoma, Washington, to Brian and Kathy.

1983: Birth of brother, Bryan Anthony Welker-Marinacci.

1989: First set sights on becoming an author and wrote on a daily basis.

1992: Completed first novel length work of fiction.

1997: Received first byline for short fiction.

1999: Graduated from high school and moved to Southern California.

2000: Began training under visual artist Marc Wurmbrand at Crafton Hills College; selected as his assistant.

2000: Started job with event security firm working backstage at venues throughout the Los Angeles area.

2001: Mixed media work Composition 3 was selected for an exhibition with a Southern California fine art gallery.

2002: Landed first skateboarding sponsorship.

2003: First club gig with The Gratuitous - a punk band.

2007: Suffered career ending injury during a qualifying run for the Pro-Tec Am Jam (skateboarding competition).

2007: Founded Reject Skateboards in Venice Beach, California.

2008: Reject Skateboards folded.

2008: Relocated to Northeastern Oklahoma.

2012: Graduated from Northeastern State University with a BS in English Education.

2013: Began teaching English and Drama at Gore High School.

2014: Wrote what would become his first published novel, Drowning Rain, over the summer while renting a yacht on Lake Washington.   

2015: Embarked on first national book tour.

2019: Retired from teaching.

2019: Hosted short-lived The 13th Story podcast.

2019: Relocated back to Western Washington.

2020: Began collaboration with Director Gino Alfonso.

2020: Became engaged with long-time girlfriend. 

2021: Received green light for a film adaptation of Harvest.

2021: Halloween saw the release of the first in the young adult Dark Fantasy series, Twisted Tales, with Shadowood.

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Since receiving his first published byline back in 1997, ALAN WELKER has been delighting and terrifying audiences with his unsettling tales. With five novels, over a dozen shorts gracing the pages of literary magazines, and a feature film deal for Harvest, this Washington State native shows no sign of slowing down.