DAVID HOWARD is an award-winning screenwriter with more than two dozen international film and television productions and several producing credits. He has published two books of non-fiction with St. Martin's Press. His produced feature films have won top prizes at many international film festivals, including Berlin and Edinburgh, as well as several best picture awards plus the German Film Prize and the Silver Goddess in Mexico. His television writing has garnered such honors as an Emmy Award, a CableACE and the prestigious Humanitas Prize in the US. His non-fiction works include two seminal books on the art and craft of screenwriting. His book "The Tools of Screenwriting" is required reading at the top film schools in the US and around the world, including USC, UCLA, NYU, the American Film Institute and Columbia University, plus the Beijing Film Academy, FAMU in Prague and VGIK in Moscow. He is a tenured full professor of screenwriting at USC where he founded of the Graduate Screenwriting Program in the School of Cinematic Arts which is widely acknowledged as the best film school in the world. His former students are among the world's best-known film and television writers, producers, directors and series show runners.

      Much in demand as a story and script consultant – which has taken him to work on projects all around the world – Howard also has created and led a wide variety of intensive workshops for writers everywhere from New Zealand to Russian, from Brazil to Norway, throughout  much of Asia and the Americas as well as most of Western Europe.

     "Recollections of Murder" is his first novel and it brings him back to his roots in St. Paul. He received his BA in studio arts from the University of Minnesota and his MFA in screenwriting and directing from Columbia University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.