David VonAllmen

Warchild, flash fiction, Issue 52, September 2020

It wasn’t until David VonAllmen’s high school professor thought one of his short stories was suspiciously high in literary merit and threatened to have him expelled for plagiarism that he realized he just might have the talent to be a real writer. David’s writing has appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Daily Science Fiction, Deep Magic, and other professional publications. David is the Grand Prize winner of the 2018 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. He lives in his hometown of St. Louis with his wife, Ann, and children, Lucas and Eva, who write some pretty darn good stories of their own. Links to his works can be found at davidvonallmen.com. 

Get to know David...


January 19, 1972

When did you start writing?

I started writing at 13 years old, but never thought my work was any good and gave it up. It wasn’t until I was in my 40’s that I thought, “If I really study the craft, maybe I could become a decent writer. No point in not trying."

When and what and where did you first get published?

Daily Science Fiction, sometime in early 2016.

Why do you write?

I don’t have a real answer for that. All I can say is that the only things that interest me are things that are creative and I like creating stories the best.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

Science Fiction and Fantasy are the stories full of ideas and wonder, things that will really light up your brain. I’m always searching for that feeling.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?

Probably Terry Pratchett. My favorite novel of his is Small Gods, because it’s got tons of clever humor while at the same time having a lot of insight into our social structures and how they work.

What are you trying to say with your fiction?

I’ve never had a particular message I’m aiming for with my body of work. Individual stories say something, but it’s usually a meaning that I find while I’m writing it so there’s a degree of randomness to it. If there’s any common thread, it’s probably that you can only judge yourself or others based on whether or not they did their best to do what they believed was right, whether they succeeded or not.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

"He loved his friends and family with all of his heart, and did the best he could for them.” Oh boy, now that I’ve written that, I have to follow up on it, don’t I?

Do you blog?

Nope! I have a page on my website where I post updates about my convention schedule and stories coming out, but I’m not interesting enough that people would want to hear about my daily life. It’s mostly hanging out with my kids.

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