About David M. Fitzpatrick

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David M. Fitzpatrick on his 2007 Honda Shadow Spirit VT750c2, summer 2013, during a 200-mile round trip just to have lunch at Grammy's Restaurant in Linneus. (PHOTO BY DAVID A. REED)
David M. Fitzpatrick on his 2007 Honda Shadow Spirit VT750c2, summer 2013, during a 200-mile round trip just to have lunch at Grammy’s Restaurant in Linneus. (PHOTO BY DAVID A. REED)

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.

Ride safe.

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