Born and raised in Holmesville, Ohio, a small town of 350 people, he learned the rigors of farm work and house painting from his father.
After a 33 year career with IBM he retired and began writing. His first works were about his motorcycle/camping tours in the west. They were published in the BMW Owners News magazine.
His love of Topsail Island began in 1986 when he visited a friend at Topsail. Childhood dreams of living on an island were realized when he purchased a cottage. He researched and wrote about island history, publishing his discoveries in local papers and in booklets culminating in his first book, ECHOES of Topsail...Stories of the Island's Past in 1996. Later he would republish ECHOES as a third edition in 2004 that broadened its history through the many changes of the later years.
His further research of Topsail Island history revealed WWII activity involving the WASP Women Airforce Service Pilots that flew military aircraft at Camp Davis and Topsail Island. Women in the Wild Blue...Target-Towing WASP at Camp Davis published in 2006.
David has also published a book about his hometown, Holmesville, Ohio - Our Home Town that tells its history, dating back to the town's formation in 1837 through the 1980s.
His most recent book is Harmony in the House...a Family Values Model released in 2013.
He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with his wife Carol Hovey.