David was born in Toronto, Ontario, the youngest of three children of a Canadian RCAF pilot and an English war bride.
He grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, attending McCowan Road Public School and David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute. He was educated at the University of Toronto, where he obtained a B.A. in History and Political Science in 1974, followed by a B.Ed. in 1975.
David and his wife moved to Simcoe County, about an hour north of Toronto, in 1976. For thirty years he taught in Simcoe County elementary schools, grades one through eight. He retired from the Simcoe County District School Board in 2006. However, he was soon back in the schools, working this time as an occasional educational assistant. He retired again from this position in 2011 to become a full-time writer.
He lives in a small town in Simcoe County with his wife and an eccentric Shetland Sheepdog named Wilson.
His first mystery, An Indecent Death, was published in September, 2011 by Telemachus Press. A Striking Death, the second police procedural featuring Detective Sergeant Nicholas Drumm, was released in October, 2012. The third Nicholas Drumm mystery, A Cuban Death, was published in December, 2013.
Teaching Tales, a semi-biographical collection of humorous short stories, was published in November, 2012 and re-released in December, 2013.
Under a pseudonym, David's latest work was published in September, 2014.
"I've been asked to say a little about Detective Sergeant Nicholas Drumm. I chose his name because I liked the sound of it and it allows for different variations. Interestingly, almost immediately after An Indecent Death was published, I heard from a 'real' Nicholas Drumm asking (politely) why I had taken his name. I'm afraid I had nothing very enlightening to say to him!
I wanted Drumm to be human and struggling with the kinds of things with which we all deal. So I gave him diabetes because I have a number of friends who cope with this disease every day. And then I made him somewhat obsessive about it, which drives some readers bonkers. C'est la vie! That's the way he is. I'm not changing him.
Drumm is prone to malapropisms. I based this on a teacher friend of mine who had the same quirk. You could be chatting away with him and the conversation was perfectly normal until he would say 'customer' instead of 'custodian' or something similar. It was the strangest thing.
And Drumm's dog, Will, is based on the two Shelties that I have owned. Any Shetland Sheepdog owner will recognize Will's behaviours as the real deal."