As I have previously written, I was a dentist in my younger years. I'm not sure anyone but another dentist would understand this, unless it would be a patient recalling one of his or her conversations, but my position as a trusted health professional enabled me to see deep within the minds and hearts of many patients. I did not ask for this privilege -- the information was offered freely -- but it gave me a rare insight into the way people think and feel. I would never divulge anything gleaned from these conversations, but the ability to feel what others have felt in moments of joy, anger, and intense sadness has become a part of me, and I know it will help me as I develop the characters in my novels. "Write what you know" has always been an axiom for writers. Writing what you have learned to feel is just as important.
David Rheem Jarrett was born and raised in Berkeley, California. He attended Berkeley High School, graduating in 1959. He attended several different colleges and universities, ultimately graduating from the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry with a D.D.S. degree.