David spent thirty-plus years primarily engaged in corporate communications, writing, directing, and/or producing multimedia educational, training or marketing programs.
He quit his job in 2014 to focus on his lifelong dream of becoming a writer of fiction. He began his serious training in Drexel University’s Storylab under the tutelage of novelist Nomi Eve. In 2015 he gained admission to Cedar Crest College’s Pan-European MFA program, which included residencies in Vienna, Dublin and Barcelona. Three months after completing his degree in 2017 he placed second in the inaugural Bucks County Short Fiction Contest judged by Janet Benton (Lilli de Jong). Shortly thereafter, Passager Journal became the first to publish one of his short stories. The Northwest literary journal Moss. was soon the second. Driftwood Press has twice made him a quarter-finalist in their Adrift Short Story Contest.
In 2019, David backed away from short fiction to concentrate on completing his first novel. He spent the year revising and expanding his MFA thesis before submitting it for publication. In early 2020, Regal House Publishing picked up The Femme Fatale Hypothesis for publication in November of 2021.
David lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his partner of more than 40 years, Beth McConnell. His stories are set in or shaped by life in the small Delaware River town in which they have lived for over three decades. To paraphrase George Saunders from Thank you, Esther Forbes, David believes immersion in language will enrich and bring purpose to his life. When he returns to stardust, his hope is that he will leave something behind that some stranger will read and they will laugh, or maybe weep, or simply nod with knowing, and perhaps they will even feel that their life was enriched for having read it.
The Femme Fatale Hypothesis
More accurately a love triptych than triangle, The Femme Fatale Hypothesis is the story of one spring when three people form intimate bonds forged in the fires of their respective tribulations. As Rose Geddes’s lung cancer progresses toward its inexorable end and her husband’s ability to care for her diminishes, their widowed neighbor, June Danhill, stumbles into the middle of their intersecting crises. June’s only son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren have recently moved to the west coast. She embraces the opportunity to distract herself from her loneliness by helping to care for the Geddes. It isn’t long before June realizes that Rose wants more from her than she is willing to give. Love and loss, family secrets, a long-forgotten keepsake, and the sexual cannibalism of the false garden mantid all fuel this dark drama that tests the thin line between mercy and murder.
Awards and Recognition
- The Femme Fatale Hypothesis names INDIE 2022 Book of the Year Finalist: Literary Fiction