Dr. David Ekrut wrote his first epic fantasy novel while earning a PhD in Biomedical Mathematics, raising three energetic children, and teaching elementary mathematics at Florida State University. Somehow he survived all of this self-inflicted torture without a caffeine overdose, though he did push the limits his brain could sustain by consuming copious amounts of coffee. To this day, he likes to tease his thesis advisor that while waiting for feedback on his dissertation, he wrote an entire novel.

After retiring from a career as a cancer research scientist, he now writes full time and teaches Shaolin-Do Kung Fu at a school he opened in Tallahassee, Florida. Taming the Elements, the first book in the Elwin Escari Chronicles has sold tens of thousands of copies in 8 different countries–digital, print, and audio formats are available. Two more novels exist in this series with more in the works.

He grew up reading and rereading the Wheel of Time series. Having influenced him for decades, Jordan and Sanderson are colossal figures in his writings. Whenever stuck in his own works, he studies their worlds for inspiration.

His greatest joy, besides writing about himself in the third person, is to work out believable mechanics for magic systems–a place for him to apply his understanding of physics and engineering in a creative way. Though his first novels have found a modicum of success, he is more excited about the drafts he has in the pipeline, as well as the ideas he has yet to discover.

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  1. Bill and Tere Grace

    Hi David! Hoping you are home safe and sound! We are super excited to discover the Chronicles. I am also inspired to “blank page” rewrite my own creation. Thanks for that recommendation. I’ll see where it leads (trash or treasure?). Thanks for chatting with us on the flight home from LAX, We will have our future biomedical engineer check out UT and stop by your department. If you and your family are ever driving north on IH35 and need a home-cooked Texas meal on a bonafide Texas ranch, drop us a line.
    Bill and Tere Grace


    1. Hey! Sorry for the delay. I’ve been moving! I would greatly enjoy the adventure of visiting a bonafide Texas ranch and rarely turn down home-cooked meals. You are kind to offer.

      The blank page rewrite is always painful, but it pays immeasurable dividends. Though my readers my begrudge the time it takes between books, the story has greatly benefited from my many rewrites. 🙂


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