About Me

Dave Stukas*? Guilty as charged.

I’ve written a lot in my life. For over two decades, as a copywriter in some very impressive ad agencies.

Then I took a decade off.

Then I wrote six comedy-mysteries that were published by Kensington Books:

Someone Killed His Boyfriend (2001)
Going Down for the Count (2002)
Wearing White to the Black Party (2003)
Biceps of Death (2004)

Then I came up with a different comedy-mystery series under the pen name David James: (The Amanda Thorne mysteries):

Three Bedrooms, Two Baths, One Very Dead Corpse (2010)
A No-So Model Home (2012)

And I continue to write. I’ve written a sci-fi comedy, currently for sale on Amazon Kindle. But the fates have led me to—dare I say it?—return to the scene of the crime and write a new, joyously fun mystery/crime series called the Eliza Payne novels. I have two finished manuscripts that I’ll be shopping around to agents in May of 2024. So stay tuned. 

Besides cycling, high-altitude hiking and reading books, continuing to breathe is a top priority of mine. Writing comes a close second.

*When you search Google for Dave Stukas, you’re bound to come up with some photos of a German World War II dive bomber, the Stuka. I had nothing to do with that and neither did my family. I’m not even German. My ancestors spent their time raising cabbage and other cruciform vegetables in the mysterious land of Lithuania, where the men were men and the women were made of even sterner stuff. Thanks to both grandmothers named Martha for making the trip to America in the late 1800s.




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