David Robert Burleigh, born in Lincoln, Nebraska, lived and worked in the state—teaching school, managing a chicken hatchery, and working on Nebraska Historical Society publications—until after he had received a master’s degree in history from the University of Nebraska. Moving to Los Angeles, California, he took jobs as a proofreader and screen story analyst, and then decided to “give up writing” to join the crew on the Southern Pacific Railroad. His first book was a railroad book for young boys, How Engines Talk. He continued to write—and to work with the railroad, first as a fireman and then as an engineer. He and his wife had three daughters.
He is the author of the book Arrow Messenger.