Hi! I’m David. Feel free to contact me at davidwaltonfiction /AT/ gmail.com. Fans write me with questions about my books, for advice about writing, or even to point out mistakes, and I always respond. Go ahead and write–I’d love to hear from you!
For matters of business, my agent, Eleanor Wood, can also be contacted at the Spectrum Literary Agency.
I live near Philadelphia with my wife and seven children. I enjoy playing jazz and musical numbers on the piano, long walks with my family, and playing Chess and Go. I work as an engineer for Lockheed Martin. I’m a member of Tenth Presbyterian Church.
I love reading and writing science fiction. Science fiction is a genre where the big ideas of life, what it means to be human, what our future will be like, and how things could be different than they are, can be explored from every possible angle. I’m continually astonished and thrilled that get to be a part of this dialog, writing stories that contribute, in a small way, to the canon of ideas that great writers before me have built, and continue to build.
I am a Christian. Unfortunately, these days Christianity gets associated with certain political views, most of which I do not hold. As a Christian, I am for the oppressed, the downtrodden, the helpless, the poor, the immigrant, and the refugee. I am for all voices being heard, and all lives being valued. I believe we gain knowledge and wisdom by listening to those who are different than we are and learning to understand what life is like from the perspective of those most unlike ourselves.
Fiction can help us do this. I will only ever live in my own head, but by reading fiction, I can live for a short time as someone else, feeling what they feel and seeing the world as they do. Science fiction can show us the viewpoints of people whose lives and experiences are so far away from ours that, like an astronaut viewing the Earth from space, our minds are stretched and our vision is expanded and we return forever changed.
I do not write “Christian” novels, because I don’t want my stories to connect only to people with one particular point of view. The themes of science fiction cover the biggest questions there are: Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of life? Where are we headed from here? These questions are for all of us to grapple with. My hope is that people of any religious perspective or background will find much to enjoy and relate to in my novels, because–if I have succeeded–they will recognize in them their own experience of what it means to be human.
People often wonder how I can reconcile my faith with the love of science (and particularly the theory of evolution) that is evident in my books. I’ve written a series of blog entries on this subject:
If this long description isn’t enough and you’d like to find out even more about me, there have been quite a few interviews of me over the years. Here are a few of them you can check out:
- Civilian Reader
- Buzzy Mag (video interview)
- World Magazine
- Fantasy Literature (chat with Marion)
- Fantasy Literature (chat with Bill)
- Fantasy Literature (another chat with Bill)
- My Bookish Ways
- The Book Plank
I belong–body and soul, in life and in death–not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. sDg