David Grace

Biography

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I used to write under the name "David Alexander" but there were several other writers using that name and publishers and agents confused me with them, so I now use the pen name, "David Grace." My first published novel was "The Chocolate Spy" followed by "Fane" then "My Real Name Is Lisa" then "The Eyes Of The Blind."

I have re-titled Fane as "The Accidental Magician"; re-titled "My Real Name Is Lisa" as "Stolen Angel" and re-titled "The Eyes Of The Blind" as "True Faith." All are available at Smashwords, Amazon, and other ebook sellers.

All of my novels are available in trade paperback editions at Amazon.com for $9.99.

My favorite books that I wrote are "The Concrete Kiss", "Death Never Sleeps", "Death Never Lies", "Death Doesn't Care", "Shooting Crows At Dawn", "A Death In Beverly Hills", "True Faith", "Easy Target", and "Doll's Eyes" more or less in that order but the order changes from day to day. I think the best SF stories that I have written are the Tramp stories contained in SF Stories Volume 1.

I have had several Sci Fi stories published in Analog Magazine and two crime stores published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. I am a long-time member of the Science Fiction Writers of America.

The legendary SF author (and friend) Jack Vance named a planet after me in "The Face" and named a lawgiver after me in "Night Lamp."

I shared a story credit (with two others) for the Outer Limits episode "Joy Ride" which starred Cliff Robertson.

My most recent novel is "The Wrong Side Of A Gun" set for release on March 1, 2016. My previous book was "Death Doesn't Care."

I often write screenplays based on my books as well as stand-alone screenplays. I have written screenplays for: "The Concrete Kiss"; "True Faith"; "Death Never Sleeps", "Stolen Angel"; "A Death In Beverly Hills", "Doll's Eyes","The Traitor's Mistress", "Daniel" and "Etched In Bone."

I have also written the non-novel related screenplays: "Dreamboat" romantic comedy; "Champion's Season" (comedy); "First Starship" (G-rated adventure).

Smashwords Interview

What kinds of stories do you like to tell?
I want to write emotional stories with scenes that are exciting, suspenseful, and, yes, emotional. I like reading puzzle stories but I don't enjoy writing them. I'm not shooting for the reader's head. I'm aiming for his or her heart. There are lots of books that you read on a plane and two days later you can't remember much of anything about it. My books are not like that.

I like to write about ordinary people doing heroic things.
How do you pick a story?
Some writers start with a plot idea. I did that once with "The Traitor's Mistress." What if the President is a traitor and the Sec. of State decides that he must be killed? But I find that unsatisfying. I now like to start with a person and a human concept, for example, revenge or redemption or duty, loyalty, overcoming some flaw, etc. Sometimes I start with an emotional situation and build a story around that. What if you thought that your child was dead but she wasn't? What if she was a Jane Doe lying in some hospital bed, forgotten and unknown? Who would find her? How would she ever come home? Those were the questions I pursued in one of the plot lines in The Concrete Kiss.

So, I look for an emotional situation, a human problem, a threat, and a character I admire and I try to mix them together and come up with an exciting and interesting story.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find David Grace online


Where to buy in print


Books

Six Crime Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,250. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Six crime short stories (about 25,000 words) including two "mob" stories originally published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine plus additional stories involving the mob, murder and mystery.
Twenty Sci Fi Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 130,370. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
These twenty Science Fiction stories totaling approximately 130,000 words deal with aliens, time travel, rogue technology and more. The first three stories follow Harry Dondero, the first officer of the tramp star freighter, Orion. . Five of the stories were novelettes originally published in Analog Magazine. Three stories were written by Hayford Peirce and David Grace (as David Alexander)
The Wrong Side Of A Gun
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 123,620. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Deputy U.S. Marshal Virgil Quinn always gets his man – with one exception. The one fugitive Virgil hasn’t yet been able to capture is his unstable ex-wife who’s run off with Quinn’s ten-year-old daughter. For nine long years, while Quinn is tracking down a host of criminals and fugitives he continues his relentless search for his vanished child. He won't rest until he finds her.
The Wilaru Chronicles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,500. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
David Wilaru's unique take on politics and society honed by his years as a columnist for "The American Inquisitor" weekly newspaper -- "All the news otherwise unfit to print." Mr. Wilaru writes about subjects of topical interest including Gay Marriage, Hollywood Culture, the rapid growth of Amnesiology, Middle East Developments, UFO Babies and other matters of broad general interest.
Death Doesn't Care
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 135,160. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Detective Chris Hunter from "Death Never Sleeps" is back with a new case. In an abandoned storage locker Detective Chris Hunter discovers the Murder Books for a notorious crime, the Early Bird Cafe Massacre, Chris leafs through the Murder Books mostly out of curiosity until he finds a reference to his old partner, Big Jim Donegan and then the killings take on a whole new urgency.
Death Never Lies
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 131,190. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
An HHS director vanishes just before adopting a new list of prohibited chemicals. Homeland Security Agent Greg Kane suspects that the HHS employee may have been killed to keep the new list from going into effect,but he has no idea who's behind the crime, which chemical they are so desperate to import, and what they plan to do with it once they've gotten their hands on it.
Death Never Sleeps
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 130,660. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Veteran Homicide Detective James "Big Jim" Donegan and his partner, Detective Chris Hunter, have been called to scene of their latest case, a strangled call girl who has been put halfway through a wood chipper that was left unattended in one of the city's parks.
The Concrete Kiss
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 120,080. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.60)
Homicide Detective Ned Danes discovers that an ambitious Deputy D.A. has concealed evidence in order to secure a headline-grabbing conviction. Danes torpedoes the corrupt Deputy D.A.'s case and for his honesty Danes is exiled to the Cold Case Squad where Danes becomes obsessed with finding the real killer whom the Deputy D.A.’s scheme has allowed to run free.
Shooting Crows At Dawn
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 128,120. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(4.75)
Election day is near and Sheriff Jubal Dark's failure to solve a two-year-old murder is likely to cost him his job. Now, three escaped killers racing for the border murder a local family. Dark no longer has any time to worry about the election. He's willing to trade his star, and even his life, if that's what it will take to bring these murderers to Texas Justice.
Daniel
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 60,750. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
When Major Daniel Leighton's F-4 was shot down over North Vietnam he tried to reach the ocean and some hope of rescue but he was captured and taken the Hoa Lo Prison, the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Though pressured to cooperate with his captors Daniel eventually found a way to redeem his honor.
The Traitor's Mistress
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 127,640. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Secretary of State Randall Tanner was shocked to discover that the President was a traitor. After three agonizing days he decided that the only possible course of action was that President had to die. Tanner initiated a plot to have President assassinated in a way that would make his death look like an accident. Because Hoskins' mistress, Sarah, knew too much she had to die as well.
Fever Dreams
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 138,090. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A frayed-at-the-edges lawyer asks Rafael LaFontaine to help his client with a simple matter - a hard to get rid of ex-boyfriend who also happens to be a Baltimore cop, but Rafael soon finds out that nothing is what it had seemed and it isn't long before Rafe finds himself deeply entangled in a confusing web of lies and murder.
Easy Target
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 140,210. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
NYPD Lieutenant Greg Webster retired to teach at a small Kansas college but before even a year had passed his wife was killed in an apparent hit-and-run accident. Greg suspected nothing sinister but one of his students thought Carolyn's accident might be the latest in a series of murders. Apparently, the serial killer wanted a tougher opponent than the campus cops. Big mistake.
The Forbidden List
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 127,310. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
At the end of WW II revolutionary technology seized from Nazi slave-labor labs was consigned to the Forbidden List to be kept secret forever. Now, competing forces are plotting to be the first to possess the revolutionary discovery.
The Accidental Magician
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 110,750. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Grantin, the nephew of a powerful but harsh magician, seems bound for failure. In a last ditch effort to salvage his family’s honor, his uncle gives Grantin an important task which Grantin makes a mess of. Only vast good luck or the appearance of some hidden magical talents are likely to save him. Luckily, Grantin is, unknowingly, on his way to becoming The Accidental Magician.
True Faith
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 96,930. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When eight immigrants arrived at the Baltimore Federal Courthouse to be sworn in as citizens they didn’t give a thought to the trial next door of five terrorists charged with blowing up a federal building. Then the terrorists escaped their guards and took them all hostage. Mark Shrader had prayed that someday he would have the chance for vengeance on his wife’s killers. Now his chance had come.
A Death In Beverly Hills
Price: Free! Words: 137,870. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.67)
NEW EDITION -- Revised Sept. 2014 When the wife and four-year-old stepdaughter of fading movie star Tom Travis disappeared, a massive, fruitless, search was launched. Soon after the body of Travis's wife was discovered in a shallow grave only a few miles from where he had been riding his dune buggy on the day she vanished Travis finds himself on trial for capital murder. But did he do it?
Stolen Angel
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 105,550. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When Peter Howard stumbled across a kidnapped child in the middle of nowhere he only intended to follow them and then call the police, but the man confronted him and pulled a gun. The next thing Peter knew Lisa was in his car, her captor was lying on the ground bleeding, and Peter was driving off madly into the night.
Doll's Eyes
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 123,380. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(4.00)
Young J.T. Trainer was about to be killed for the life insurance money that would pay off his father’s gambling debts. J.T.’s only friend, sixteen-year-old Hannah McGuire, discovered the plan and managed to get J.T. on a bus out of town before luring the killers in the other direction. Now, twenty years later, San Diego Homicide Detective J.T. Trainer is still searching for his vanished friend.
Etched In Bone
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 133,360. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.00)
Acquitted of 8 grisly murders by reason of insanity, Hanford Wells was committed to a psychiatric hospital from which he soon escaped. Now a girl’s skeleton is discovered and carved into her skull are a line of symbols strikingly similar to those Wells doodled before his escape. Dr. Price knows that this girl was not the madman’s first victim and that she will not be his last.

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Smashwords book reviews by David Grace

  • Eternity's End on Jan. 13, 2011

    Good, solid space adventure, worth reading. Professionally written. Recommended
  • Better than Real on Feb. 01, 2011

    I liked the idea of the book but it felt as if the story was plotted as it was written. The pieces didn't seem to hold together as a coherent whole and the society as portrayed could not have functioned as it did given the technology the story claimed existed.
  • Spinward Fringe Broadcasts 1 and 2: Resurrection and Awakening on Feb. 01, 2011

    Pretty good SF space opera. I found the first chapter confusing and the powers supposedly possessed by the Hero were so excessive that it made him essentially invincible which takes the threat out of the story. I didn't think the "world view" background was nearly as well planned out in advance as it should have been or at least it wasn't explained anywhere early enough to make sense of it as it went along. I give it three and a half stars.
  • Jak Phoenix on Feb. 01, 2011

    A book that didn't seem to have been carefully plotted before it was written. The hero's escapes were unbelievable. It was more like a comic book than an SF novel. I love space opera but when compared to David Drake, William Dietz, Jack Campbell and lots of other authors whose work I would give a five, I have to give this one a 2
  • Peace Warrior on May 11, 2011

    Competent SF-action story.
  • Cold Hit on May 12, 2011

    This book is something of a contradiction. The actual prose style is very professional. With ebook authors you always run the risk of someone who just doesn't know how to write narrative or dialog professionally and that is not the case here. BUT, I found the story, as a story, muddled, confusing and boring. For the first 40 pages or so nothing happened, it was all sort of an amusing travelogue. Then it changed and confused me. Who was the protagonist? What was the story about? I have no clue.
  • Encrypted on May 27, 2011

    This book surprised me in a good way. The narrative and dialog were professional, the story was unique and interesting and I enjoyed the entire book. I am not a fan of "romances" or fantasy and while this book had elements of both, the author did such a professional job on both the craft of the writing and the story that I would not hesitate to recommend this book.
  • Ghost Fleet on June 02, 2011

    This is a strong military SF book. The writing is solid and the story is interesting. I'm glad I bought it.
  • Genellan: Planetfall on June 02, 2011

    Professional work. As I got into the story I found my interest waning in that particular plot, but that's a matter of personal taste, not a criticism of the book.
  • Admiral's Ghost on June 02, 2011

    I can't find anything good to say about this book. I gave up after about 40 pages.