The son of an Air Force colonel, Dave grew up all over the globe, and has lived in Japan, China, Georgia, Texas, Illinois and California.

Dave survived many years of Catholic schooling (where his poor penmanship earned the wrath of the Sisters on a daily basis). These trying school years were complete with ill fitting uniforms which, it must be said, did not come in size ‘husky.’

As a student at the University of Texas at Austin, Dave majored in Radio-Television-Film, and acted in several local film productions. It was during college that Dave began working out like a fiend and dropped thirty-five pounds. After graduation, Dave performed to critical acclaim in local Houston theater productions, and made several television commercials, earning his all important Screen Actors Guild card.

Upon arriving in L.A., Dave rented an apartment on Cherokee Avenue in Hollywood in a building where he later found out Elizabeth Short, the famed The Black Dahlia murder victim, had once lived. Dave appeared in many episodic television shows and soap operas such as "Dallas," "Baby Boom," "Days of Our Lives," and "The Young and The Restless," usually portraying someone in a uniform. He also refined his waiting-on-tables skills during this time.

Eventually Dave segued out of acting and into high-end fashion retail. He has worked as a creative director for both the Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger Beverly Hills stores.

Finally realizing that his true heart lay in writing, Dave ended his retail career, and has proudly become a full-time writer. He lives in Los Angeles with his beloved golden retriever, Emmett.


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