Welcome! I write novels under the pen name David C.R. Nash. However, my actual name is David Dougher.
There are two reasons for the pen name. The first goes back to a time when my wife, Deborah Nash, and I got married. We discussed, seriously, exchanging last names. I thought it would be interesting to have a last name that people can spell easily. She liked the alliteration of Deborah Dougher.
Alas, the wheels of the world move in well-set ruts. While my wife could easily change her name, it turned out I would have to jump through several major hoops to change mine. So, reluctantly, we both decided to keep the names we started with.
When she died in 2012, I decided that there was one thing I could do to help keep the memory of some of our good times alive. We both loved mysteries, science, and fantasy fiction. So, I took her last name for all the fiction works I write.
(The “C.R.” is a recent edition to help people who keep running into the other David Nash who likes to talk about guns, art, and survivalist gear. Earlier novels just refer to me as “David Nash”.)
It’s has a practical result as well… People tend to search for fiction by author as much or even more than they do by subject matter. In the world of non-fiction, the author’s name matters less. Readers are interested in the subject.
Don’t believe me? Would you read a book on cooking by Stephen Hawking? How about Quantum Physics by Julia Child? Thought not. But how many of you will read fiction written by J.K. Rowling, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, or J.R.R. Tolkien? In the world of fiction, the author’s name can sell the story as much as the blurb on the back cover.
Personally, I’m not there yet. But I can make it easier for my future readers – and I hope that is you – to find my work. So, I use the name David C. R. Nash when writing fiction.
A bit about me personally…
I love teaching and I have taught in a variety of situations. I have taught at the college level, in high schools as a mentor, as a professional consultant, and as a dance instructor.
My books combine my love of stories with the essence of teaching which is – you only learn when you make mistakes. My characters make mistakes, lots of them. And readers are cordially invited to see what happens when things go wrong. After all, isn’t that the essence of any good story? Things go wrong and you watch the characters try to fix them.
I have a long list of authors whose work I admire. In the fantasy genre I’m a fan of Tolkien, Zelazny, Moorcock, and Rowling. For science fiction I’ve enjoyed Clarke, Heinlein, Blish, and more recently, Stephenson, Gibson, and Cline. In fact, there are so many I seriously can’t remember them all.
I’m widowed and currently live on a mountaintop in New Hampshire (really.) I like animals but haven’t had a new pet since the passing of my Maltese over a year ago. I occasionally write food reviews under my own name, and love a really interesting breakfast.
I try to exercise regularly and as I mentioned above, I have spent the last twenty years teaching ballroom dancing. I have also danced professionally with the Balliamo Dance Company in Rhode Island and had the great privilege of choreographing some routines for them. But, recently my attention has returned to an art I have neglected for some time – writing.
Currently I am writing stories in the genres I enjoyed reading as a child and an adult. It’s fun trying out the different stories and seeing which ones I’d like to continue writing. Along the way I am gathering ideas for new novels and series.
So, I hope you enjoy my novels. They are meant to entertain. Any lessons you find useful are just gravy.
Enjoy the journey!
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
David Dougher is a graduate of Syracuse University with BA degrees in Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and a minor in Computer Science. In addition to running his own game consulting company for close to thirty years, he has taught computer programming and game design at both the high school and college level. He has been a professional computer consultant, website designer, professional dancer, and ballroom dance instructor. Writing fiction is his latest passion and will probably be his final choice for a career.
It’s that much fun.