David Kearns


I'm a mystery writer inspired by authors who know how to mix suspense, humor, violence, passion, and humanity in a way that carries the reader along on a great ride. The Delorean Harper series tries to do just that.

I live in Portland, Oregon, the epicenter for coffee shops, microbrews, rainy winters and glorious summers.

My favorite mystery authors are John D. MacDonald, Robert Parker, James Lee Burke, Adrian McKinty, Mickey Spillane

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want my books to be enjoyed by as many people as possible, but the traditional publishing industry is reluctant to take a chance on a new writer. However, people who read early drafts of "All the Way Down" told me that they liked it more than many of the mainstream novels they read. That built my confidence that I had a story worth telling, so I decided to find a different avenue for publishing. I worked with graphic artists to design a cover that fit what I wanted perfectly, completing my vision for the story. Seeing my book available for reading alongside those of authors I respect is gratifying and makes me want to keep writing. I encourage other writers who've been frustrated by the traditional publishing industry to publish it themselves as an indie author. It's a lot of fun!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has a very efficient process for getting my books in front of readers. I was able to publish my novel onto Smashwords with just a few hours effort. Most of that time was spent reading one of the excellent online tutorials about proper formatting. Once I'd made the minimal changes to my Microsoft Word file, the publishing process was trivial. Smashwords hosts my book on their own site, and took care of distributing the novel through other venues such as Barnes and Noble. Within a few weeks of publishing I had hundreds of downloads of my story. Smashwords made that possible.
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Where to find David Kearns online

Wattpad: deloreanharper


Delorean Harper
AMATEUR DETECTIVE THRILLER: Delorean Harper risks everything to bring killers to justice and to protect the people he loves. When his brother is murdered and the police won’t investigate, Delorean abandons his old life to hunt a serial killer on his own. This sets in motion a series of events that trap him and the woman he loves in a deadly embrace of escalating violence. He's forced to outsmart professional killers just to stay alive.
All The Way Down
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All The Way Under
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All The Way Back
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Series: Delorean Harper. Price: Free! Words: 92,750. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Pretenders is a political thriller about passion, failure, courage, triumph, and the price that must be paid to put demons to rest.
All The Way Back
Series: Delorean Harper. Price: Free! Words: 63,020. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Delorean Harper's past catches up with him when the body of the man who killed Delorean's parents is found in a shallow grave. Soon Delorean's the prime suspect, and the investigating detective is relentless. As if that wasn't enough trouble, Delorean agrees to protect an unstable woman in the witness protection program who's sure she's being stalked. Delorean's the one who should be worried.
All The Way Under
Series: Delorean Harper. Price: Free! Words: 52,260. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
Delorean Harper has a gym bag full of cash, a new identity, a cabin on the Oregon coast, and a beautiful girlfriend. He also has a small army of assassins on his trail. What his hunters don’t know is that Delorean had his first encounter with a killer when he was twelve years old, and he hasn't forgotten how to take care of himself in a fight to the death.
All The Way Down
Series: Delorean Harper. Price: Free! Words: 57,940. Language: American English. Published: October 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Bounty hunter Delorean Harper investigates his brother’s killing in a mining accident in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Soon it becomes clear that his brother’s death was no accident, and Delorean has become the next target of a killer who will do anything to cover his tracks. Will Delorean be able to outwit a cold-blooded killer and solve the mystery of his brother’s death – or will he die trying?