AWARDS

2019 SILVER QUILL AWARD

League of Utah Writers

24 August 2019

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The Porch

Adult fiction - Published book

Author Bio

David Armstrong

David Armstrong

Born and raised in Long Beach, California, David Armstrong receive his B.A. in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and his M.S. in Instructional Technology from the University of Southern California. The author spent many years in the cold-war Aerospace industry as a programmer, analyst, and project manager before moving his family to Utah. He and his wife, Evelyn, reside in Kaysville. The couple has three children and five grandchildren.

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My Passions

  

I am passionate about these things in roughly this order:

God – I am a Christian striving to live a life of faith and discipleship. My soul is anchored by Christ, and my faith is nurtured by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I make a daily practice of prayer and studying the word of God in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.

Family – I have been married to the love of my life and my best friend since 1975. Together we have raised three marvelous children who are now raising their own families. I have learned that grandchildren are the reason we do not eat our own young. 

Education – I do not mean just formal schooling, although I enjoy classes. I mean the constant progression of knowledge. I love to learn, and I love to teach. I enjoy teaching because it forces me to learn.

Language – The process of verbal and written communication fascinates me. I am inspired by the power of language, the structure of thought, the rich meaning of words, and the rhythms of well-crafted prose.

Music – I grew up with music in my home and in my life. My father loved music and was an excellent singer. I started taking music lessons when I was eight years old and play several instruments, including piano, guitar, trombone, bugle, and accordion. Beautiful music moves, elevates, and enriches my soul. 

Nature – Being in the mountains, on a trail, next to a lake, surrounded by trees, filled with the sounds of the breeze and the songs of birds – these things refresh my spirit and calm my mind like no other. 

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My Journey

I got my first taste of writing in seventh grade when I had to compose an essay. I stumbled upon alliteration, which my English teacher took for a stroke of innate genius. She praised me to my parents and told me I had a great future in literature. I did not have the courage to tell her I had copied the sparkling literary turn of words from something I had heard on TV. Nevertheless, she encouraged me, and I got involved in journalism classes through high school. 


I thought I was a pretty good writer until I got a C on my first college essay, followed by a D on the next and a D- on the third. I counseled with the professor and learned the difference between journalistic writing and formal essay style. I finished the first semester with an A in English, my confidence restored. 


I tried writing short stories but got only rejections. Then I learned about the fiction formula and finally published a middle-grade story in a literary magazine.


While working as a project manager for Rockwell International, I helped develop an early version of an Executive Information System. I wrote a report of the project, which the company submitted to a computer industry journal and was subsequently published.


Creative writing went on the back burner for years as my family grew and the normal pressures of life left little time for other interests. I never actually stopped writing, of course. My job required extensive business and technical writing – hardly literary masterpieces, but the words kept flowing. 


When the kids grew up, I picked up creative writing again, experimenting with both non-fiction and fiction. I joined the League of Utah Writers and attended critique groups and workshops. I finally hired a developmental editor, Callie Stoker, who provided me with the structured feedback and direction I needed to finally write something I thought people might actually want to read. The Porch came out of that experience. 


I now have published three books and have several more projects underway.