David Mitchel loves to read. And, since those who inhale must also exhale, he is therefore a writer perforce. In his earliest reading his obsession was dinosaurs; thus, his earliest books (written and illustrated) were about dinosaurs. Dinosaurs were his beat until he discovered, at age ten, books written by a fellow named Tolkien; and then Rings and dragons and Black Riders and Hobbits and Elves and Dwarves and Farmer Maggot’s mushrooms became his beat. Tolkien was David’s tutor for about eight years, until, at age eighteen, he entered the school of C. S. Lewis – from which he still hasn’t graduated.
When David grew up (we use the term loosely – he was born an old professor and the years haven’t changed him much), he decided first to study law (J.D., Washington and Lee University, 2002), then to practice it. He is now a small town lawyer with a delightfully eclectic small town caseload. When he isn’t practicing law, you can often find David onstage (in Appomattox) or brandishing a stringed instrument. He is grateful for the hospitality he has received from the fine people and writers of Lantern Hollow.