Molly Atkins was that was honored Sunday night April 2nd at the 33rd Annual Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Event at the prestigious Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California for her short story” Obsidian Spire” it was illustrated by Aituar Manas.
Molly Elizabeth Atkins grew up in a small university town in the heart of Texas. She learned to read early and devoured books voraciously, leaving her parents at a loss as to what to do with all the teetering stacks of paperbacks. She spent most of third grade in time-out for reading under her desk instead of listening to her teacher. By high school, she was banned from the local libraries for checking out too many books at a time and failing to return them. Though she knows this is a cardinal library sin, she would like to point out that she was young and reckless, and anyway the books were so good she was too busy re-reading them to realize their due dates had come and gone. At some point in those formative years, Molly discovered fantasy and science fiction. The incredible worlds those authors created set fire to her imagination and kindled within her a desire to write. Molly spent many years thinking of writing and plotting stories in her head. She finally picked up the pen at the ripe old age of thirty-three. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her ever-patient husband and two rambunctious young daughters. She gets out of bed at 5:00 a.m. every day, no exceptions, to write before her family wakes and chaos takes over the house. This is her first publication.
David VonAllmen was honored at the 33rd Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Event, on April 2nd, at the prestigious Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
The annual event celebrated the winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests (www.WritersOfTheFuture.com) before a packed hall of over 1,100 guests and thousands more from around the world who watched as the event was streamed live. The night’s keynote speaker was Mr. Pat Henry, president and co-founder of Dragon Con who stated, “This is quite a spectacular event, recognizing talented aspiring writers and artists of Science Fiction and Fantasy from all over the world…. Good Fantasy is magic. It transports the reader to a new and different reality, and they come back changed forever.” He concluded by thanking “Writers and Illustrators of the Future…and everything you do to carry forward L. Ron Hubbard’s vision to promote and improve this great industry!” The Magnifcent Bhajan”, was the name of the story published. It was illustrated by Chan ha Kim.
David VonAllmen began writing at age thirteen, but quickly became disheartened due to the poor quality of his work. In his senior year of high school, a short story he wrote to fulfill an assignment led to accusations of plagiarism and threats of expulsion. That’s when he realized his writing might be better than he’d previously given himself credit for.
Having spent his youth assuming that all fantasy was identical to Tolkien, David thought of himself as a science fiction writer, although a somewhat uninspired one. He lives in his hometown of St. Louis with his wife, Ann, and their children Lucas and Eva, who write some pretty darned good fantasy stories of their own.