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Originating in the small market town of Lanark in central Scotland, David has spent much of his life moving around, living, working and studying in various parts of the UK. In 2006 he emigrated to Mongolia full-time after being a volunteer there for 2 years from 2000-2002. There he met his wife, moved to Korea, then back to Mongolia and then 10 years later, finds himself living in rural Ireland.
The small village which he and his family have called home is called Lanesboro, where he does a whole bunch of stuff including being active in the local writing group, playing the keys in a local band, taking his 2 young daughters to the park and giving his teenage son advice on girls and the meaning of life.
Having been interested in old cars since he was a teenager, he has never got round to actually buying one but has to make do with his 200 plus and growing collection of model cars. This interest plus his interest in science-fiction led to him writing Not Teeming with Life, his most recent creation, while his previous serious Bold and The Magic Stove was inspired by his son and living in Mongolia.
As a musician, he played drums for a Mongolian rock band and was active as a guitarist in Korea and Mongolia. His solo album, Tree of Salt (David J M Russell) continues to break records in sales figures, but not in the positive way he had hoped.
Having studies ecology, conservation, and forestry at university, he worked as a ranger, community forester, and ecological surveyor mostly in the Scottish Highlands - indeed, it was this interest in the natural world which first took him to Mongolia to teach ecology at the Agricultural University. It is more than probably true that he and his family are the only people in history to have lived in Hongchon Korea, Zuunharaa Mongolia, and Lanesboro Ireland.......... although that may need verifying.