Stokes, David

Stokes, David

My name is David R. Stokes. I have authored, ghostwritten, and/or collaborated on more than 40 books, including several highly regarded works of fiction and nonfiction and two screenplays.

My own latest book is about President John F. Kennedy’s GHOSTWRITER, the man behind the 1956 Pulitzer Prize winning book, Profiles in Courage. It will published in late 2020 by Lyon’s Press and titled, JFK’S GHOST: Kennedy, Sorensen, and the Making of Profiles in Courage.

As a GHOSTWRITER, I specialize in Self-Help, History, Inspiration, Fiction, Business, Speech Writing, & Screenplays.

One of my own books, THE SHOOTING SALVATIONIST: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America (Steerforth/Penguin/Random House, 2011), a narrative non-fiction thriller set in the 1920s, became a Wall Street Journal best-seller. BOOKLIST, in a starred review, said: “The book is engagingly written, in an immediate, you-are-there style, and the story is as compelling and surprising as any Grisham thriller. Top of the line.” This book has recently been revised and enhanced (30,000 words of new material) and re-released as APPARENT DANGER: The Pastor of America’s First Megachurch and the Texas Murder Trial of the Decade in the 1920s and is under review as a potential television miniseries.

My espionage novel, CAMELOT’S COUSIN: The Spy Who Betrayed Kennedy, and my original screenplay based on it, have been optioned in Hollywood by actor Blair Underwood.

JACK & DICK: When Kennedy Met Nixon describes the very first Kennedy-Nixon debate which took place in 1947, thirteen years before the two men ran against each other for the presidency in 1960. I recreate a conversation between the two future presidents that took place on an over-night train ride back to Washington, DC. I have also written a screenplay adaptation.

JAKE & CLARA: Scandal, Politics, Hollywood, and Murder, is a dramatized, but factual account of a story that captivated American in 1921. A wealthy oil man who bankrolled much of Warren G. Harding’s successful run for the White House was shot and killed by his mistress before Harding could reward him with high office.

And as a GHOSTWRITER, I have a passion for helping people tell their stories, effectively, and compellingly.

My writing has also appeared in the following publications:

  • The Richard Nixon Foundation
  • The Cold War Museum/The Cold War Times
  • The Daily Caller
  • The Washington Post
  • The Albany Times Union
  • The Jewish Press
  • History News Network
  • The Washington Times
  • Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies
  • American Thinker
  • Preaching Magazine

I retired from pastoral work in 2019, having served as a senior minister for more than 40 years, leading congregations in Texas, Illinois, New York, and Virginia. I have also worked as a broadcaster over the years, including a year-long run as the host of my own Sirius/XM weekly two-hour Sunday night show, “DAVID STOKES LIVE.” Through my broadcasting work I have interviewed more than 100 influential thought leaders from around the country. In addition to my early degrees in theology, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s in Political Science.

I’d love to hear from you about YOUR book. And after talking with you, I’d be glad furnish a 300-500 word sample of how YOUR book might start. No strings attached.

Location: Orlando, Florida

Specialties: Self-Help, History, Inspiration, Fiction, Business, Speech Writing, & Screenplays.

Memberships: Association of Ghostwriters

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Orlando, Florida