David Simms now lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with his wife, toddler son and two furballs after escaping many years in New Jersey and Massachusetts. A special education teacher, college English instructor, counselor, music therapist and book reviewer, he moonlights in the Slushpile band on lead guitar with F. Paul Wilson, Heather Graham and Alexandra Sokoloff, performing across the country. His short stories have been published in various anthologies, such as Terrible Beauty, Traps!, Chimeraworld, and Darkness Rising. His first novel, the young adult musical fantasy adventure, Dark Muse, was released by Melange Books in 2013 and is now being taught in at least seven schools and is on the reading list at two universities. He travels to schools across Virginia to give workshops on learning through music and reaching teens through writing. Currently, he is seeking representation for his historical thriller about the eugenics movement in America and is completing work on the sequel to Dark Muse and a YA supernatural thriller.