David W. Cowles was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in California's San Fernando Valley. He's lived in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1976.
Cowles is a member of the State Bar of California (inactive) and is admitted and qualified as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States. He has served as a board member and president of numerous nonprofit organizations, and was awarded Congressional and other commendations for his efforts.
Cowles founded and was CEO of companies in the photographic and financial communities. He's flown his own airplanes; traveled extensively; and spent a month as a volunteer with the Israeli Defense Forces.
For over eight years, Cowles published and edited Keno Newsletter, a monthly publication read by keno players and casino executives. For six years, he wrote a weekly column for Gaming Today. For three years, Cowles wrote op-ed columns and a weekly cooking column for the Peninsula Gateway newspaper in Gig Harbor, Washington. His articles have been published in the Las Vegas Sun and Newsweek magazine.
Cowles draws on his background and experiences to write in a wide variety of genres including mystery, adventure, thriller, comedy, romance, how-to, nonfiction, and cookbooks. Often he'll combine several genres in one book.