David Seagraves was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Raised in the suburban South Shore, he attended four years of private school and Princeton University with dreams of designing cars. Realizing this was not his calling, he took time away from college.
Perhaps it was rediscovering his passion for learning that led him to submit a first draft poem as his personal statement to Colorado College. To his surprise he was admitted. At CC, he began to develop his writing skills. Graduating with a B.A. in English, he set aside his love of writing to join the family food business.
As a young and avid reader of Alistair MacLean’s espionage thrillers, David developed an appreciation for intriguing plots and suspenseful heroism. Enjoying entrepreneurial careers in food and beverage, tech marketing, real estate investing, and financial planning, he took the opportunity to write his first book, a biography about his mysterious father.
In a strange twist, David’s parents requested that he write his father’s story after attempts by another writer failed. Ultimately, this would alter the lives of a father and his son. With great interest, David interviewed his father, researching his father’s past – the old South, the Great Depression, WWII, life after war.
David follows his father and both his grandfathers as an entrepreneur, yet his true passion is mentoring and storytelling. Upon investigating his father’s story, he immediately recognized the arc of the hero’s journey, which sparked a nearly three-year odyssey to recover a treasure chest of forgotten records, photos and moments.
His first book is Uncommon Hero: The John Seagraves Story (2012), an inspirational non-fiction account of his father’s rise from poverty to prosperity. The secret to John Seagraves’ success was his passion, focus and determination. Yet his character carried him through some of the greatest challenges in American history.
Many times David said, of all the lessons he learned while studying his father’s heroic life – and there were many – a single observation impacted him most: “Obstacles are opportunities.” Read the book. See for yourself. He thinks you will agree.
David loves coastal southern California living with wife Tanja and their dog Belinda. He currently uses his entrepreneurial experience to consult with startups and small businesses, serving as a board member for several non-profits and a mediator