David Kerns spent thirty-five years in academic pediatrics before turning to a second career, combining a life-long love of music with a knack for writing lively, entertaining prose. He regularly reports on live musical performances for the Napa Valley Register.
His debut novel, Standard of Care (Sentient Publications), is a tale of ethical crisis and redemption set in the world of mega-corporate health care. It was a finalist in the 2008 Indie Excellence Awards for fiction. His forthcoming novel, Fortnight on Maxwell Street, is “true fiction,” a drama set in inner-city Chicago in the days immediately preceding and following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. It will be published by Bay Tree Publishing in early 2018.
A native Chicagoan, he counts among his accomplishments a happy family, a career-long commitment to the well-being of children, modest proficiency at old-time banjo, and survival, so far, in the arenas of narrative prose and music journalism. He lives in Napa, California.