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International Thriller Writers Bestselling Thriller Writer David Dun

Author David Dun

 

 

David Dun delivers. 
You won't be done with Dun 
until the very last page.


óRidley Pearson   
New York Times bestselling author
of The Middle of Nowhere 
and The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer.

 

A lawyer who can't sleep finds a second career writing thrillers

About David Dun, author of THE BLACK SILENT

David Dun was born and grew up in western Washington but moved to northern California to begin his legal career. He holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Washington and earned his law degree at Seattle University. At first he was a typical country lawyer living in the extremely rural northern end of California. He started a law firm and eventually began spending all of his professional time managing the legal affairs of a large, privately-held family corporation. He now divides his time between offices in Redding and Eureka, California. He and his wife reside in a secluded home perched on the side of a mountain. “It’s an ideal way to live,” says Dun. “I live in a forest and it takes me 10 minutes to drive to my office downtown.”

Dun manages to run his law practice on only four to five hours of sleep a day. A few years ago, without any previous experience, he decided he would take up some of his free time to write. “At first, I told nobody about my writing. My wife found out soon enough, but I really kept it to myself.” When he finally told friends what he was doing, they thought he was nuts. “The statistical odds against success are slim to none,” remarked one friend. “But I kept at it, writing in the middle of the night when everyone else is sleeping from 2:00 to 8:00 AM. I enjoyed the thrillers of Ludlum and Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October,” he admits. “Then one of my friends sent a manuscript I was working on to a professor of literature, asking her ‘is there any hope for this guy as a writer?’” She said to me, “There was one scene in the entire manuscript that showed some promise. What you write well is suspense, and when you write a book with a series of suspenseful scenes, it is called a thriller. You should consider writing thrillers,” she concluded. “But I was a complete Neanderthal. I hired a coach but he had a master’s degree in literary writing, and although very helpful in many respects, our styles were somewhat different. The way he explained it, he was into making beef Wellington (literary fiction) and I was into something more akin to hamburgers (popular fiction). There is a bit of a gulf between the character emphasis of literary fiction and the “pulse-pounding pace” of most popular fiction. I thought…well I want to sell a book, so in frustration, I called a friend and asked, ‘What do you consider a good suspense novel?’” She replied, “I just read something called Vertical Run, which was a New York Times bestseller.”

“I bought and read it, and discovered my area of interest,” says Dun. “The eventual underlying theme in all my books is the conflict of natural life and the life we get through technology. You could look at it as the mystic vs the PHD or if you like social stereo types, the hippie vs the geek. For the whole earth part of the equation I used a native American semi-mystic who also was a veterinarian so I was able to put part of the struggle within one character. I wanted to use this as a backdrop. I want the hero to struggle with these two elements.” His first effort, Necessary Evil was published in 2001 and became a USA Today bestseller. At the time he was writing Necessary Evil he found a nuts and bolts thriller editor by the name of Ed Stackler. Ed has been giving him advice ever since. A year later Dun followed it up with At the Edge (2002). He has since produced one thriller a year and subsequently delivered Overfall in 2003 and Unacceptable Risk in 2004 (all published by Pinnacle Books). So far, Dun has written about cloning, forestry science, molecular biology, and genetic science. “I have a good friend who is a molecular biologist. I read Nature and Discover magazines. When I pick up a newspaper, I go straight to the science section. But I’m interested in science only when it’s about to leap into something else. The Black Silent is about the enormous potential of methane-generated energy, and a very strange source for it. It really caught my interest when I learned that some new research on the methane had been funded by Congress. Even more intriguing is the apparent life span of the real but strange organisms that form a key plot element.”

David Dun’s wife Laura has worked as a nurse, a pilot, and an office manager. She is now administering scholarships for a private educational foundation. During her days as a pilot, she flew Dun over the San Juan Islands near Seattle, the setting for The Black Silent. “It’s just so satisfying and beautiful up there, “ says Dun. “I often pilot my own boat through those amazing waters, so it was great to set the new book in an area of the world that I really love.”

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