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Sharing My Cancer Diagnosis

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Over the past few years, I have been extraordinarily grateful to those of you who have been so supportive of my writing. But many of you are unaware of a personal situation I have been dealing with for years. I am a cancer patient.

Despite being a non-smoker, I was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012 and was classified as Stage IV. For those unfamiliar with the various stages, there is no Stage V. My prognosis, among the few doctors who would provide this peek into the future, was stated in months not years. To say this came as a shock would be a colossal understatement. And to make matters worse, my employer of many years chose this moment to offer me a severance package.

Let’s just say 2012 was not the best year I’ve ever had.

But unemployment was the least of my worries. The 5-year survival rate for lung cancer patients was in the neighborhood of 10%. There is no good way to process the diagnosis of a terminal illness. As someone who was relatively unaware of cancer before that point, my focus was to drink from the fire hose and learn as much as I could — as quickly as I could. I talked to as many doctors that would speak with me, and went through a battery of tests. I became more spiritual and more aware of how precious and fleeting life can be. The biggest surprises in life are often not the ones we anticipate, but rather, the ones that jump out at us on a lazy Thursday morning.

I began chemotherapy treatment and responded well; the tumors started shrinking. And shortly thereafter, I learned of a clinical trial for a drug called Crizotinib, a pill which was considered a targeted treatment for lung cancer. After a series of genetic tests, it was determined that I was part of a very fortunate group, the 1-2% of lung cancer patients who had what’s called a ROS-1 mutation. It was the equivalent of winning the genetic lottery. In September 2012, I entered the clinical trial, and my cancer has been stable for 6 years. There are no guarantees for how long this drug will be effective, but there are new drugs in the pipeline, so I am cautiously optimistic.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about my novels. 🙂

In 2013, I took advantage of Amazon’s Kindle program to begin publishing my mystery novels. And over time, I have written 9 books in the Burnside series. They have been very well received, and I would like to express my appreciation to all of you who have purchased, read, and provided nice reviews online. Thank you so much.

Last year, I decided to write a novel called CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED. This was a political thriller, ostensibly about a pollster who is drawn into an assassination plot. But the story is also about the cancer journey this character must go through. I wanted to share the thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears of a person who experiences a life-threatening illness. It is something which affects not just cancer patients, but those afflicted with other serious maladies – as well as their loved ones. It was my way of giving something back to the world, a way to use the gift of writing to communicate a story which I felt needed to be told.

But CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED has been the one novel which I have found to be the most perplexing. This book contains, in my opinion, the best writing I have ever done. It is also, ironically, the book which has sold the fewest copies. I have explored various ways to elevate this novel and make it stand out. Finally, I think I have hit upon something.

On Saturday August 25, CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED will be the featured novel in the Thriller category by the BookBub marketing agency, which has promoted some of the finest books ever written. I am truly honored to have my book included as a part of their showcase. To give something back, I am planning to donate 20% of the profits from this promotion to a number of charities, including the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, whose efforts go specifically toward lung cancer research. For those so inclined, a donation of any size would be greatly appreciated. Here is the link:

My goal here is to continue to try and put CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED into the hands of as many people as possible, especially those whose lives have been touched by cancer – or by some other terrible disease. Whether through a personal experience, or supporting a close friend or loved one, I truly feel this book captures what a patient often goes through when first learning they have contracted a terminal illness.

I am making the eBook version of CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED available for 99 cents through the end of the Labor Day weekend. The book is available online through Amazon, as well as through Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google Play and Kobo, and the links are below. It is also available in paperback, although I am not allowed to offer a price discount there. I am hoping to have an audio version out at some point.

In closing, I’d like to wish the very best of luck to those of you whose lives are currently affected by cancer. Please do not give up hope. There are a myriad of treatments available, and new ones are being developed. Keep asking questions of your doctors, and if you’re not getting the answers you want, seek out new doctors. Find others who are going through what you are going through. Ask for advice, and recognize that miracles really do happen. I am living proof, and I am grateful for every extra day I have. There are no guarantees in life, but neither do we have an expiration date stamped on us.

I have been blessed with some extra time here, and I am trying to make the most of it. Your support means a lot to me. If I haven’t said it to you before this, I’m saying it now. Thank you.






I appreciate your taking the time to read this.

David Chill


The 9th Burnside Mystery Has Been Published!


I am thrilled to announce that the 9th novel in the Burnside mystery series has been published and is now available on Amazon. 

The new novel is called FLEA FLICKER, and the story begins with Burnside brought in on a missing person’s case. When a young football coach doesn’t come home one night, his beautiful wife turns to Private Investigator Burnside to locate him. But things are not the way they seem in this riveting page-turner, and a simple missing persons case evolves into a shocking murder.

There are no shortage of suspects in this intricately woven story, and Burnside must overcome the many obstacles in his path to get to a truth that not everyone seems eager to learn. As always, FLEA FLICKER leads readers into new parts of the great experiment we have come to know as Los Angeles, a city that continues to evolve in many ways, some good, some not.

This new novel brings back a few memorable characters from Burnside’s past – as well as adding a host of new ones. And it wouldn’t be a Burnside novel without the wise cracking gumshoe engaging in the sharp and cutting banter that has come to define this award-winning series.

FLEA FLICKER is a bargain at any price, but I have kept the price point at $4.99, the same as the first 8 Burnside novels. For the time being, the new book is only available through Amazon, as there are certain promotional opportunities Amazon offers. The book will go wide to Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google and Kobo early next year.

The following link takes you to FLEA FLICKER’S Amazon page. And if you like the book, please consider writing a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Nothing helps sell more books than a testimonial from satisfied readers!


And if you are still working your way through the Burnside series, note that all of the other books are available on Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google and Kobo, in addition to Amazon. Enjoy the ride!



Curse Of The Afflicted News

This week, CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED was selected by the Thriller & Mystery Podcast, which provides an audio of the first chapter of books they find appealing. The narrator actually sounds a bit like Martin Sheen! Here is the link if you’d like to listen in for a few minutes:



Author Interview

Just had a great interview on My Book Place!




I am happy to let you know that CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED now has some brilliant new cover art! And I also want to give you a heads up that CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED will soon be available in audio book form — details to follow!



USA Today Best Seller List: Top 100

I just wanted to take a moment to share some really great news!

This morning I learned that my Box Set of the first 3 Burnside Mysteries made the USA Today Best Seller List and is ranked # 92. So for at least one week I am just ahead of To Kill A Mockingbird (#96) and The Great Gatsby (#103).

I would like to thank all of you for your great support these past few years, in terms of purchasing my books and writing reviews, and most importantly, for your encouraging words. Five years ago, I never dared to dream that I might make it on to a Best Seller List, but here we are. Miracles happen!

Note that the physical newspaper version only lists the Top 50, but the online site has the Top 100. Link below:

Kindest regards,





The Burnside Mysteries Boxed Set #2 Is Now Up On Amazon — As Well As Apple, Google, Kobo and Barnes & Noble!

I am pleased to announce that Books 4-6 of the Burnside Mysteries are now available in Boxed Set form. For just $8.99 you get three great mysteries:




These books retail for $4.99 individually, so getting three for $8.99 is a terrific bargain! The first Boxed Set has been available since 2016, so I apologize for being tardy in getting this one up and running – but I’ve been busy writing.

Last year I published TAMPA TWO, the 8th book in the Burnside series, as well as CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED, a stand-alone thriller detailing a cancer patient’s journey through the depths of the political world.

If you’d like to purchase either Boxed Set on Amazon, please click on the links below. If you’d prefer Apple, Google Play, Kobo or Barnes & Noble, I’m sure you can navigate to those sites!



In closing, I am starting to get some ideas percolating for the 9th Burnside book. Stay tuned!