A short story by Jim Allyn of Black River appears in the current issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. "The Deer Woods" is carried in the February 2012 issue of the country's leading mystery magazine. It is the fourth story Allyn has written for the magazine, and the first since he returned to this area in June 2011.
An Alpena native, Allyn is a graduate of Alpena High School, Alpena Community College and the University of Michigan, where he earned a master's degree in journalism. While at Michigan he received a Hopwood Creative Writing Award, Major Novel Division, and also won the Detroit Press Club Foundation Student Grant Award for the best writing in a college newspaper or periodical.
His other stories in Ellery Queen include "The Tree Hugger," "Reckless Mercy" and "The Ozone Layer," all of which appeared while he was pursuing a full-time career in health care marketing and communications. He has held positions at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor; St. Francis Hospital of Evanston, Ill.; and most recently was vice president of marketing and community relations at the 400-bed Elkhart General Healthcare System in Elkhart, Ind.
He has purchased a home on 36 acres in Alcona County that is contiguous to a 200-acre Black River hunting camp that his family has owned since the 1950s. He now plans to pursue the writing of fiction full-time.
Allyn gets insights and information about law enforcement issues from his son Brodie, who is a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security currently attached to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea.
A U.S. Naval Air force veteran, Allyn is a member of the Sierra Club, the American Wildlife Federation and the Friends of Negwegon, the Michigan State Park that spans a 3,700-acre parcel of undeveloped Lake Huron shoreline in Alpena and Alcona counties.
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