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Alan is a composer-writer based in Los Angeles, California. He's written music for more than 40 films and TV shows, including Emmy-nominated Sex and the City, and the hit Real Housewives franchise. Alan is CEO of Lalela Music production music library, which is used all around the world. His career began in South Africa, where he was producer and keyboard player in multi-platinum selling Afropop band, Mango Groove, and wrote the "unofficial national anthem," "African Dream."

Alan's first novel, ROAM, was published by Simon and Schuster, to positive reviews, and has been translated into eight other languages.

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Praise for ROAM

"Nelson's adventures on the fringe are fascinating... a touching page-turner..."
   —Publishers Weekly

"...debut novelist Lazar crafts a good one. He captures the interior and exterior lives of humans and dogs (and even wolves) with a sure hand."
   —Library Journal

"A canine version of Black Beauty"
   —Kirkus Reviews

"...will likely be added to bookshelves that include titles like Dewey the Library Cat, The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Lazar has crafted an adventure guaranteed to capture the interest of the reader."
   —Bookpage

dog books - ROAM, a book about a dog reminiscent of Marley
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"Much more than the story of one dog's incredible journey, ROAM is a deeply moving story of survival and enduring love..."
   —Book Reporter

"I loved the curious, adventurous spirit of Nelson. ROAM shows some of the things I love most about dogs—their unconditional love, loyalty, instinct, connection to Mother Nature, and of course, their powerful noses! We can all learn and take something away from his journey."
   —Cesar Millan, THE DOG WHISPERER

"Alan Lazar knows dogs, and to know a dog is to love a dog. ROAM compassionately explores and celebrates the heart and mind of man's best friend and the special bond we share."
   —Patrick McDonnell, New York Times bestselling author of THE GIFT OF NOTHING and the creator of the Mutts cartoon strip

"With the mesmerizing simplicity of a classic silent film, ROAM tells the heart-breaking (and yes, heart-warming) story of Nelson, an adventurous and brave little dog as memorable as John Grogan's Marley, Kate deCamillo's Edward Tulane and even Chaplin's Little Tramp. Without a word of dialogue, Lazar tells an epic tale almost entirely from Nelson's point of view, but his canine hero's stirring quest is no different than Quixote's—a death-defying, wonder-inducing search for love."
   —David Frankel, Director of MARLEY AND ME and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

"Lazar's debut novel takes us on a harrowing canine journey where human beings can break the heart of a good dog—and yet the desire to live and love with humans is unquenchable for a small, brave dog."
   —Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestelling author of LOST & FOUND, NOW & THEN


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