David Finch grew up on a farm in northern Illinois and attended the University of Miami, where he studied music engineering technology. After earning a bachelor of music, David returned to Illinois, where he began his career as an audio engineer and played the saxophone in several funk/fusion bands. He and his wife, Kristen, married in 2003, and in 2008 David was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. His first essay, "Somewhere Inside, A Path to Empathy," appeared in the New York Times and became the basis for his book The Journal of Best Practices. David lives in northern Illinois with his wife and two children.
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