About David R. Yale

David R. Yale - Author

David R. Yale

Known for heartwarming portrayals of ordinary people, David R. Yale has been influenced by Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, Jo Sinclair, Marge Piercy, and Barbara Kingsolver. Living and working in blue collar communities in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, and rural Arkansas, as well as a socialist utopian community in New York, have also shaped his narrative.

In the 1970s, David was the recreation director at Shingle Creek and Bohannon Parks in North Minneapolis. He has taught writing at the University of Minnesota and The School of Visual Arts.

David’s fiction and poetry has been published in Midstream, Response, Newtown Literary, and Pangolin Review. His short story, The Front Room, won a Writers’ Digest second place award. Yale’s book, HomesPun Humor, was a finalist in both the 2014 Indie Excellence® and USA Best Book Awards.

His first novel in the Shingle Creek Sagas, Becoming JiJi, won First Place in the 2018 Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards Contemporary Fiction category, and was a quarter-finalist in the 2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition. Chemical Explosions, a short story excerpted from Becoming JiJi,was long-listed for the Lascaux Prize for Short Fiction. Yale’s second Shingle Creek Sagas novel, The Real Paul Makinen?, was a Finalist, Novel-in-Progress category, 2018 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society competition.

David has read from his stories at Union College, Claremont College, The Mendota (Minnesota) Jazz Emporium, and UCLA.

With a blue-collar, working class outlook, Yale writes about one of the most overlooked communities in the contemporary fiction scene.

A Note From David R. Yale

If you enjoyed reading The Real Paul Makinen? I’d like to ask a small favor. I don’t have a huge publisher behind me, so I need your help to let the world know about the heartwarming story of Paul, Rennie, and the Creekers. Here are some quick ways you can help:

  • Write a review of The Real Paul Makinen? at your favorite bookseller’s website, your blog, social media, or your union or progressive organization’s website. It doesn’t have to be long. A couple of paragraphs will do the trick.
  • See if your union or progressive organization would be willing to post the eBook file on their website for free distribution to members. The file is free to qualifying organizations, but advance permission is required. Tell them to contact David@AHealthyRelationship.Com for information.
  • Ask your local library to order a copy, so your whole community can read it!
  • Buy me a coffee. You’ll get a surprise free gift. And you’ll help me keep writing—and help me keep giving free eBooks to unions and progressive organizations. Visit me at buymeacoffee.com/DavidjxQ.
  • Wondering what it was like before Joe and Jill started the Teen Council? The strategies Joe taught Jill to save Ma from deadly depression? How Jill courted Joe after he suddenly moved to San Francisco? And how she helped him conquer crippling guilt—using counseling techniques he had taught her? The first book in the Shingle Creek Sagas, award-winning novel, Becoming JiJi, tells it all.

Thanks for all you do!

David R. Yale

PS: If you got a kick out of Daniel’s puns and word plays in The Real Paul Makinen?, I’ll tell you a secret! He was inspired by my award-winning books of original word plays, Pun Enchanted Evenings, and HomesPun Humor. Read them, and you may be able to hold your own with him in a pun contest! Click here for details!