A native of San Francisco, California, David Miller graduated with honors from that city’s nationally acclaimed Lowell High School. He thereafter enrolled at the University of California, at Davis.
A few weeks later, a classmate informed the Editor-in-Chief of that university’s daily newspaper, The California Aggie, that the 17-year-old freshman warranted a regularly published column. The editor laughed, but asked for a few writing samples anyway. He hired Miller immediately.
The newspaper thereafter published Miller’s column frequently during a three-year span, which included one year when Miller studied and traveled in Europe. There, Miller obtained his first glimpse of Formula One racing and the Europeans’ passion for the sport.
Shortly after Miller’s return to UCD, the campus media board appointed him to serve as Editor-in-Chief. During his tenure in that position, the newspaper won national awards for journalistic excellence. That experience earned Miller recognition as a Chancellor’s Outstanding Senior and a prestigious Coro Program Fellowship in Public Affairs.
Drawing upon that history, as well as his passion for photography, international travel, and exotic, mid-engined supercars, Miller turned his attention to writing Circus Before Dawn. As part of that effort, he visited several countries, gained backstage access at several Grands Prix, and spoke with numerous Formula One racecar drivers and team personnel. He also experienced many of the world’s fastest cars on some of the world’s legendary racing circuits.
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