David McDonald was born in Baltimore into a military family. After graduating from Cherry Hill High School, he received his Bachelor's Degree from Thomas Edison State College. He began his serious writing career in 2000 as a film critic for a small newspaper outside of Seattle, when he wrote his first screenplay, based on a Star Trek franchise. Encouraged by the late Denny Martin Flynn and his next mentor, David Trottier, he then wrote "Foresight," a science fiction thriller which reached the quarter finals in the 2005 Project Greenlight competition. He received his Master's Degree in Creative Writing from Wilkes University under the tutelage of produced screenwriters Richard Uhlig and Ross Klavan. His next work, "Choker," an adaptation of the Maupassant short story, "The Necklace," was selected as a finalist in the 2012 Beverly Hills Film Festival. His psychological thriller, "Little Girl Found," placed in several competitions, including the 2013 Austin Film Festival. He has worked as a producer on several films, one of which, "Gambit," will be completed in early 2015.