David Harten Watson is the author of the Magicians Gold series, including Magic Teacher's Son (a 2016 Eric Hoffer Award Winner (Honorable Mention in category Young Adult), 2016 First Horizon Award Finalist, 2016 Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize Short List, and 2015 IAN Book of the Year Award Finalist) and its sequel, Fortress of Gold. He also wrote the science fiction novelette Millennium Bomber: a Story of Digital Revenge. David is a member of the U.S. Army Brotherhood of Tankers (USABOT), the LDS (Mormon) Church, The Saber Legion (TSL), and the International Committee on Robot Arms Control (ICRAC).


David has worked in a dizzying array of jobs including U.S. Army Armor officer at Fort Knox (experience that came in handy for his second novel, Fortress of Gold), camp counselor, teacher, tax preparer, car salesman, portrait photographer, track photographer, solar energy entrepreneur, and computer programmer.

Raised in snowy Buffalo, New York, David graduated from Calasanctius School (which closed shortly after his graduation, although he swears it wasn’t his fault) and has degrees from Princeton, Canisius College, and Buffalo State College. He's the Organizer of the Woodbridge Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Meetup (which he founded in 2008) and the Woodbridge Star Wars Lightsabers Jedi Knight and Sith Meetup (which he founded in 2019). In his free time, David enjoys lightsaber dueling, kayaking, and acting (he had a major role in the feature-length, no-budget horror movie Coordinates, filmed in New Jersey). He lives with his wife (a native of Ecuador, not Eldor), their two sons, and two cats in New Jersey, where in his day job he's an IT Specialist.


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