David Drake

David Drake


I graduated from the U of I with a double major in history and Latin, then married Joanne (Jo) and started Duke Law School. Everything was going fine until the Army drafted me in 1969, changing my immediate career path to a choice between interrogator or grunt. I chose interrogator and was assigned to the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse, thus spending much of 1970 riding armored vehicles through jungles instead of slogging on foot. During my service I learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn't run fast enough to get away. I returned to Duke in 1971, completed my law degree, and became Chapel Hill's Assistant Town Attorney while trying to put my life back together through fiction that made sense of what I'd seen and done in the Army. (It still doesn't make any sense.) My writing career took off. Since 1981 I have been a fulltime SF and fantasy writer. Depending on how you count, somewhere between 65 and a couple hundred books by me have come out from major publishers. I would rather be a moderately successful lawyer with a less interesting background. Jo and I are still married. We have one son (Jonathan) and one grandson (Tristan). We live in the nice house we built in the middle of Chatham County, NC. Dave Drake
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