In high school, David won a statewide arts competition with a short story about a pack of wolves. At the University of Wisconsin, he declared himself a theater major, imagining he would someday make a living as an actor; small stage roles in Equus and West Side Story convinced him otherwise. By the time he graduated, he had become fascinated with the practical and collaborative art of making software and took a degree in computer science. He has since developed software ranging from embedded controls in ring laser gyros to artificial intelligence programs that analyze the meaning of English sentences to websites that teach kids how to write essays. He is an active black-and-white landscape photographer and holds a creative writing degree from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.
Over the years, David has lived in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Minneapolis and Austin, Texas. He currently makes his home in Colorado with writer Kimberly McClintock, their dog, Lola, and their cat, Mitsou.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is his first novel.