Allen L. Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing teeny little stories when he discovered an old portable typewriter in his back closet. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full-time writer. In 1986, he became a full-time father, writing when he could make the time. In 2003, he became a full-time writer again, when his daughter, Darcy, went off to college, also at Pomona.
He has published nine novels (has written several more, most of which will never see print, thank God), several short stories (mostly for the Elf Quest anthologies), five non-fiction books on computers (he’s completely self-taught, and it probably shows), and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers (written in language even he can understand).
Currently, Allen is still working on his epic heroic fantasy (3000 pages, 800,000 words); a vampire novel (no twinklies) in submission; a bizarre haunted house story that is far too long; a haunted village story, also too long; and other projects in hand.
His first novel, The Planet Masters, has recently been re-issued in Kindle, Nook, and POD by ReAnimus Press (they’re on the web).
Allen has been running his version of a writer’s workshop at various conventions for more than twenty five years, and has had some success, since several people have not only finished but sold stories started in the workshop. Allen also runs a plotting workshop, an interactive lecture, which is a lot of fun, and which people have found helpful.
Allen is a member of SFWA.