David Russell was born and raised in Burnaby, B.C. He received a diploma in Performing Arts Theatre, a Bachelor of Education degree from Simon Fraser University, and a Masters Degree in Educational and Public Policy Management from the University of Oregon.
A long time member of the arts community in Vancouver, Russell has worked in stage and television, including performing as a company member with the world champion improvisation company the Vancouver TheatreSports League for over 15 years, where he continues to perform today. He hosted a youth television program on the Global Television network and was host and co-producer for six years of a Vancouver-based talk show.
Russell has written freelance for a number of publications, including Maclean’s, The Vancouver Sun, The Province, the award-winning online news site The Tyee, and others.
His first novel, Deadly Lessons (RendezVous Crime, 2006), revolves around Winston Patrick, who has given up the practice of law for the practice of teaching, only to find himself in the middle of the investigation of the murder of a student at his school, a murder in which the accused is one of his own teaching colleagues. The novel was shortlisted for Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel in 2007.
The Midwest Book Review says Deadly Lessons isa "can't put it down mystery that is enjoyable and mysterious." Don Graves of The Hamilton Spectator says Deadly Lessons is a "provocative and well written winner…worthy of all the praise it is sure to receive" and placed it on his top picks for 2006.
He lives with his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Ainsley, in Coquitlam, B.C., just outside Vancouver.