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 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 fifteen 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 and the award-winning online news site The Tyee, and others. 

His first novel, Deadly Lessons, 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 the Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel. A sequel, Last Dance, will be published in the spring of 2011.

In addition to writing and performing, Russell teaches high school law and history part time.  He lives with his wife Barbara and their daughter Ainsley in Coquitlam, B.C., just outside Vancouver.