David Baldacci (b. 1960 in Richmond, Virginia) is a bestselling American
novelist. As a student, Baldacci wrote short stories in his spare time, and
later practiced law for nine years near Washington, D.C.. While living in Alexandria,
Virginia, Baldacci wrote short stories and screenplays without much success. In
despair, he turned to novel writing, taking three years to write Absolute
Power. It took Baldacci two years to get the book published, but when it
finally did hit the shelves in 1996 it was an international best seller.
David Baldacci serves as a national ambassador for the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society and participates in numerous charities as well as founding
his own foundation for literacy, Wish You Well Foundation. Baldacci was raised
in Virginia and still resides there (in Vienna, Virginia) with his wife,
Michelle A. Collin-Baldacci (Mikki), and two children. His cousin is the Democratic
Governor of Maine John Baldacci, first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.
In 1997, People magazine named him one of the 50 most beautiful
people in the world.