DAVID FULMER - BIOGRAPHY

SHORT STACK
David Fulmer has been a writer, editor, and sometimes producer for over twenty-five years.
His first published novel,
Chasing the Devil's Tail, won a Shamus Award in 2002
and an
AudioFile Golden Earphones Award in 2008. It was nominated for a Los Angeles
Times Book Prize,
a Falcon Award and a Barry Award, and was selected for Borders
"Best of 2003 List" among other plaudits.
Jass, the second Storyville mystery, was published in January of 2005. It was
selected for the
Best of 2005 lists by Library Journal and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
and won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for Fiction.
Rampart Street was published in January of 2006. A BBC America audiobook of the novel
was released in February of 2006. It was selected as for New York Magazine's list of
"The Best Novels You've Never Read" and the audiobook version won the 2007 Benjamin
Franklin Award for Adult Fiction.
All three Storyville books are being published in French by Payot and Rivages, beginning with
"Courir apres le Diable" which was released in November 2008.
The Dying Crapshooter's Blues was published in January of 2007. The Blue Door,
published in January, 2008, was nominated for the 2009 Shamus Award for Best Novel
and has been published in Turkish as Mavi Kapi.
Lost River
was released in January 2009. His seventh novel, The Fall, was released in March 2010 by Five Stones Press and as in
audio by Blackstone Audiobooks in 2011. His novella
The Night Before was released for Kindle and other e-books in October 2011,
also by Five Stones Press, and in audio in 2011 by Blackstone Audiobooks.
Among his production credits is the documentary
"Blind Willie's Blues." In giving the documentary a four-star
"Editor's Choice" rating,
Video Librarian called it "nothing less than the economic, social, and historical evolution of America's
indigenous music." It earned a nomination for W.C. Handy Award in 1998.
Included in his long list of newspaper and magazine credits are features on blues and jazz for
The Atlanta Journal & Constitution,
Atlanta Magazine, Southline, Blues Access,
the All Music Guide, Il Giornale, and National Public Radio.
A native of the small town of  Northumberland in the Susquehanna Valley in eastern
Pennsylvania, he lives in Atlanta with his daughter Italia and his wife Sansanee Sermprungsuk.

FACTS OF LIFE
Born in Northumberland, PA; son of Thurston (a teacher) and Flora (a homemaker;
maiden name, Prizzi). One sister, Karen Mertz.
Married Suzanne Mercier, October 15, 1974. Divorced, February 4, 1979.
Children: Italia Patricia, born July 2, 1996.
School: Shikellamy High School, Sunbury, PA; U.S. Army Photography School,
Ft. Monmouth, NJ; Georgia State University, B.A., 1979
Military: Photographer, U.S. Army , Heidelberg, Germany.

CAREER MOVES
The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA, reporter; The Union County Journal, Lewisburg, PA,
reporter and photographer; US Army Intelligence Center, Heidelberg, Germany,
photographer;  Dempster, Inc., Northumberland, PA, welder; Rose's Cantina,
Atlanta, GA, bartender, 1977-79;  Road Atlanta, Ltd., Atlanta, media director, 1988-99.
Freelance writer and producer, 1999-Present.

AWARDS, ETC
Chasing the Devil's Tail
Winner,  AudioFile Golden Earphones Award, 2008
    Nominee, 2004 Falcon Award
    Borders Books "Best of 2003 List"
    Nominee, 2001 LA Times Book Prize
    Winner, 2002 Shamus Award
    Nominee, 2001 Barry Awards
    "Best New Series," Booklist
    "Best of 2001 List," January Magazine
    "Hottest Beach Read" (Summer 2003) Books Read Lately        
Jass
    2006 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Fiction
    Library Journal "Best of 2005 List"
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Best of 2005 List"
    Deadly Pleasures Magazine  "Best of 2005 List"

Rampart Street
    2007 Ben Franklin Award for Adult Fiction Audiobook
    A New York Magazine "Best Novel You've Never Read"

The Dying Crapshooter's Blues
"
Ice Pick of the Month" - BookList, January 2007

The Blue Door
"2008 Best of the Shelf" - Atlanta Magazine

BOOKS & STORIES
    Chasing the Devil's Tail (Hardcover), Poisoned Pen Press, November 2001.
    Chasing the Devil's Tail (Trade paperback), Harcourt Books, June 2003   
           [Published in Japan and Italy. French publication, September 2008 ]
           [Also Blackstone Audiobook, May 2007]
    Jass, (Hardcover), Harcourt Books, January 2005 (Trade paperback)  January 2006
          [ French publication May 2010]
    Rampart Street (Hardcover), Harcourt Books, January 2006 (Trade paperback)  January 2007
           [ Also BBC America Audiobook, January, 2006 ]
           [French publication  2011]
    The Dying Crapshooter's Blues, Harcourt Books,  January 2007 (Trade paperback)  January 2008
            [Also Recorded Books Audiobook]
    The Blue Door, Harcourt Books,  January 2008  (Trade paperback)  January 2009
    Lost River, Harcourt Books,  January 2009   (Trade paperback)  January 2010
    The Fall, Five Stones Press, March 2010
    The Night Before, Five Stones Press, October 2011
    black cat bone, short story, appeared in Blues Access, Spring, 1997
    Back o' Town Blues, short story, appeared in "Flesh and Blood," 2003
    Algiers, short story, appeared in "New Orleans Noir," Akashic Books, April 2007

MAGS & NEWSPAPERS
Contributor to periodicals, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Backstage, Blues Access, City Life, Paste
Magazine, The Atlanta Tribune, Southline, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing, Advertising Age, Business Atlanta,
and Il Giornale.

What'd I Say? As told to Contemporary Authors
"I write because it's the only thing I do with any skill; and it's my path through the wilderness to the
river. I count among my influences all those writers for whom I felt a particular affinity from the         
beginning: Poe, Malamud, Steinbeck, Burroughs, Garcia Lorca, Oë, a dozen others. My family,
my first source of stories. Also, those men and women who have crossed my path and left me with
gifts that I could use: working people,mostly, with words and lines, and jokes and stories as good or
better than I heard in any of my college classrooms. Finally, the poets of the last part of the century
who attached their lyrics to music for my eager ears.
"I write every day, no matter what. Mornings are best, especially before dawn. I'm slow, and do
tons of rewriting and editing. My characters are assembled from parts that hang around on different
corners of memory until they arrive on my doorstep. It's my job to do justice to them by finding a
time and place that allows them to tell their stories. It all builds from there, in layers. In the end, I
hope the work has a depth that allows the reader to see a reflection."
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