David decided in junior high that the best thing he could do in life was to become as much like J.R.R. Tolkien as possible, sine Roman Catholicism. Over the years, his interests shifted from Bilbo’s Middle-earth to Cædmon’s middangeard and Snorri’s Miðgarðr, but the love of old things and old ways, for their own sake, has remained. David has pursued that love through an M.A. in English (U of Alabama at Birmingham) and into the Ph.D. program at the U of Georgia. His dissertation–in the early stages–is about Beowulf (of course). Those who inquire further should be prepared for indigestible answers.
David is married to Katie Norman Grubbs, also pursuing her Ph.D. at the U of Georgia, albeit with a focus on English Renaissance drama. They live in Kansas and are happy as clams.
When not immersed in things medieval, David has been known to read disposable fiction from the early 20th century, and watch movies featuring ninjas or men in rubber monster suits.