My name is David Fitzpatrick, but you can call me “Indy.” That’s the nickname I’ve used since I was first online in the late 1980s, and it’s what’s on my motorcycle license plate.
For most of my life, I had one major passion: writing. I wrote fiction from the time I was able to write. In the 1990s, I started a business in downtown Bangor, Maine, fixing and upgrading computers. That graduated into a wide range of things: Web design, graphic design, page layouts, teaching, and more. I began putting my writing and editing skills to use then, even as I was getting short stories published in print magazines and anthologies around the world.
In early 2005, I began freelancing for the Special Sections department at the Bangor Daily News, and in November of that year I was hired on full time. Counting that year of freelancing, I worked for the BDN for 10 years, writing for Special Sections and, in the last few years, The Weekly. Writing fiction had been my passion, but writing nonfiction as a journalist — including features, news, advertorial, historical retrospectives, and more — broadened that passion into many areas.
After leaving the BDN, I freelanced — as I had while working there — and continued with fiction. I also publish small-press projects, most notably fiction anthologies, but a wide range of things including a book of poetry and even a book celebrating the 70th anniversary of Frank’s Bake Shop in Bangor.
Oh, and along the way, I bought a motorcycle. My best friend, David Reed, had been riding for 10 years before I finally took the plunge. And what a plunge it has been! I’d never thought something could equal my passion for writing, but riding that motorcycle has done it.
I started Maine RiderZine to bring those two passions together in the hope of forming a community of Maine motorcyclists and making a difference. Let me know how I’m doing.