David Farland, who also is published under the name Dave Wolverton, began writing during college and entered short stories into various contests. His career began in 1987 when he won the top award in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest.
David became a judge for that contest in 1991. In addition, he edited the annual anthology before passing on the role to Algis Budrys in 1999, but in 2011 he returned as lead judge and editor.
He has won several awards for his work. His novel On My Way to Paradise won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award. His historical novel In the Company of Angels won the Whitney Award for best novel of the year. In 2012, his young adult fantasy thriller Nightingale won the International Book Award for best Young Adult Novel of the Year, the Grand Prize at The Hollywood Book Festival, and the NextGen Book Award for Best Young Adult Novel, as well a others.
In the summer of 1999 David broke the world record for the most book signings in one sitting, which he achieved with the novel A Very Strange Trip.
David has also worked as an creative writing instructor at Brigham Young University, where he mentored such people as Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and Stephenie Meyer. Today, he holds writing workshops for aspiring and established writers. He has taught writers such as Brandon Mull, Jessica Day George, Eric Flint, James Dashner, as well as others.
He has worked in the gaming industry and in Hollywood. In 1997, he started working part-time at Saffire studios, where he was co-leader on the design team for the game Starcraft: Brood War. In 2002, David began working as a movie producer and also greenlighted movies. He is working on a film adaptation of his Runelords series.
To date, David has written and edited more than fifty books. These include novels for adults, young adults, anthologies, middle-grade readers, and picture books. He is perhaps best known for his epic fantasy series The Runelords.
As part of his dedication to helping other writers, he writes David Farland’s Writing Tips, an email advice column for writers. Many authors rave about how it has helped them. Out of devotion, he provides the tips for free.
You can sign up for writing tips or learn about his classes at mystorydoctor.com