David is a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant who didn't realize until reaching his forties that he was a writer. As a child, he struggled with learning disabilities which yielded him grades that barely earned him his high school diploma. With marks like that, the thought of being an author never occurred to him. Also, college was out of the question. He joined the military and retired 23 years later. The same week David took off the uniform for the last time, never to put it back on, he hit the road traveling the U.S. in his van.
David penned several fitness and nutrition article and books, but after listening to On Writing by Stephen King, he decided to give writing fiction a try. He started out with a novel about an Air Force Sergeant who's PTSD caused him to do terrible things in his sleep. This project was for practice as well as fun, and he published a chapter every week on his website www.DavidSotoWrites.com. After several months, this project came to an abrupt halt.
One of Stephen Kings' pieces of advice was to become a voracious reader of fiction. David became obsessed with reading novels and became reacquainted with his favorite genre, magical realism. One evening while reading, he could not get out of his head the vision of a beautiful woman who sold magical chocolates to people who needed to rekindle the fire in their love life. That was the birth of Los Chocolates de Esperanza Diamante and the series of books that followed.