Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, William Allan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University’s School of Journalism. He moved west and started a career with newspapers that lasted nearly 30 years. Most of that time was spent at The Leader-Post, the daily newspaper in Regina, Saskatchewan. William was a reporter and copy editor from 1979 to 2008, reporting on crime and labour issues and later editing copy and doing page makeup. He retired in 2008 and lives with his spouse Abby Ulmer in Regina. William has authored two books and ebooks, both in 2016: Four Murders in a Small Town, crime fiction; and How to Self Publish Inexpensive Books and Ebooks. William has remained a newshound and avidly reads newspapers and collects books.