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David Monette

Agent: Tristram C. Coburn Literary Management
Plattsburgh, New York, United States

David Monette was born and raised in the cold rural hinterlands of upstate New
York. As a typical kid in a typical community, life for him was pretty... typical. He
liked to draw creatures and contraptions but as the second born of four sons, such
ability was merely a convenient way of standing out from the crowd. As he
inexpertly stumbled through high school, his talent for capturing the images in his
head onto paper was noticed and encouraged by both teachers and family

Without any other idea of what to do with himself after graduation, besides a vague
idea of doing something art oriented, he decided to attend Mohawk Valley
Community College where he received his associate's degree in Advertising Design
and Production. Acting on excellent advice from his teachers at this institution, he
went on to Syracuse University where he learned a great deal about art and
eventually wound up with a bachelor's degree in Illustration.

With a disturbingly large amount of student debt and a decent portfolio, he learned
what it was to be a starving artist. Namely, he found that artists don't starve; they
simply pick up an endless series of part time work to pay the rent while continuing
to plug away at their true passion. This was essentially what he did until he
received his first illustration job and from that point on, he didn't look back. As an
illustrator, his highly detailed fantasy and science fiction work has appeared in
many books, magazines, board games, and collectible card games for such varied
publishers as Dell Publishing, Wizards of the Coast, and Atlas Games. Initially, he
had completed these diverse projects utilizing oil and acrylic paints as well as pen
and inks.

As digital technology continued to improve, however, he decided it was time to
tackle the arduous task of mastering the computer and eventually figured out a way
to adapt his style to a digital format. With this knowledge and experience, he went
back to school and received his master's degree in Illustration from the University of
Hartford. While there, his instructors reviewed his written work and had strongly
suggested that he combine his writing ability with his talent as an illustrator to
chart his own path.

And hence, a writer was born.

Interests: Writing, drawing, painting, reading, my family, my friends, breathing and eating... not necessarily in that order, but you get the gist.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • The Zombie Axiom
  • The Warring Dead