David Rocklin grew up in Chicago. He graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Literature. After attending law school, he pursued a career as an in-house attorney and continues to serve as a mediator. He lives in California with his wife and children.


The Luminist

  • Introduction by Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • fiction

…The sweep of Dr. Zhivago with the Heart of Darkness depth of Joseph Conrad – a staggeringly good book.

Kirkus Reviews

In colonial India, at a time of growing friction between the ruling British and the restless Indian populace, a Victorian woman and her young Tamil Indian servant defy convention, class, and heartbreak to investigate what is gained—and lost—by holding life still. Suggested by the life and work...Forward

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On the Hawthorne Books Blog

Hawthorne makes introductions

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 19 March 2013

Imagine going to a party and someone is there to take you in hand, guide you though the room, and introduce you to the guests. These introductions increase the odds that even the most timid...Forward

David Rocklin on Roar Shack

Posted by David Rocklin on 12 March 2013

Writers. Who can figure out what the hell they’re thinking?

They lock themselves and their thoughts and their hearts away, in utter isolation. Why? For the hope of being heard, when finally they...Forward

Literary gifts

Posted by Penelope Bass on 12 December 2011

Although we may have been hearing jingly pop renditions of “The Little Drummer Boy” for at least a month already, the final countdown to the holidays is officially here now that we’ve hit...Forward