David N. Pauly
Hailing from suburban Chicago, David Pauly attended the same high school where they filmed the 80’s classics, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 16 Candles, and the Breakfast Club. College at UW-Madison was awesome, where David majored in History, minored in beer drinking, and enjoyed his first taste of freedom. Working for a year after graduation for Domino’s Pizza convinced, David that law school was preferable to food service so off to Washington and Lee he went.
Another graduation brought yet another re-location, this time to sunny New Mexico. Practicing law in the Land of Enchantment, David spent several years building up his practice, but always felt that something was missing. While David loved the turquoise skies and spicy food, he was looking for something more.
A life change prompted David to take a sabbatical from practicing law, and move to Paris, where he obtained a certificate in cuisine and pastry, from Le Cordon Bleu in 2003. Unable to find work, David left the wonderful magic of Paris behind, returning home to New Mexico, to revive his law practice, and care for his five rescue dogs. Single for the first time in 10 years, David took refuge in re-reading his favourite Fantasy and Sci/Fi books, returning to his childhood refuge, distracting him from a mundane depressing existence.
Voraciously re-reading books like Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Dune, The Martian Chronicles, and the Foundation Trilogy, David always wondered what would have happened after these stories ended. So, one snowy night he let his imagination run free and began typing a few sentences of what would eventually become an epic fantasy novel. Ten years later after countless re-writes and edits, begging family and friends to re-read it all, David published his first novel, The Fourth Age Shadow Wars.
Currently busy with his law practice, and precocious 6 year old daughter, David writes the sequel to Shadow Wars, Dark Shaman when he has time. Dreaming of having more time to write and cook, David soon hopes to put away his legal shingle for good, never having to answer the most frequent question asked by his clients “Am I going to Jail again?” with the response, “Yes, yes you are.”