David C. Ake grew up on a dead-end dirt road outside of Monticello, Ind. He joined the Army after high school, serving four years overseas in Germany and Iraq as an M1A1 Abrams tank gunner. He credits the letters he often wrote home as the catalyst for his writing career.
At the end of his service, David went back to Indiana and earned an associate’s degree while writing for several newspapers. He started as an advertising salesman, writing stories in his spare time before becoming a full-time daily news reporter.
David left newspapers to study magazine journalism and political science at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He lives there with his girlfriend Anjee. After Ball State David hopes to continue his education and earn a master’s degree in magazine journalism.