David's first deal was for two humorous novels based on his own global travels as a teenager. Ocean Boulevard (2004) and Jumping Ships (2006) both received film deals in Hollywood, sparking an interest for David in the differences in story dynamics between books and films. He began a 10-year research programme, generating a ground-breaking new theory of narrative which is now formalised in his Ph.D. and five books on the subject including his best seller: The Story Book (2010), his definitive academic work Story in Mind (2019) and his career-defining masterwork: The Primary Colours of Story (2020).
Using his knowledge of story theory David is now a story consultant or writer on more than 50 books, film and television productions.
He is also the managing director of DreamEngine Publishing and is a film producer and head of story at Skylark Vision - a film and television production company.