Getting to Know ...David Tucholski

Getting to Know ...David Tucholski

David Tucholski is having an exceptional year. Engaged to be married on March 11, the Herndon resident also recently had his first novel published, titled "The Good I Stand On." By day a government contractor, by night a writer, David Tucholski is this week's People Profile.

Number of years in the community. Just under one year, my fiancé and I moved here in May, 2005.

Family. I will be married March 11, so after that date, Susan Tucholski will be my spouse. But for now she is Susan Zier. No children yet.

Education. I have a bachelor's in Information Technology from Radford University.

Current job/primary occupation. I like to consider myself as having two jobs. By day I work for a government contractor as a computer analyst, but by night and on weekends I am a full-time writer. That's really my life's passion.

Achievements. I have recently published my first novel, "The Good I Stand On." It is too early to tell how well it will do, however I have received favorable reviews and an endorsement from fellow Virginia native and author, Adriana Trigiani, which I consider to be a great honor.

Activities/interests/hobbies. I don't have a lot of time for hobbies, as writing fills the majority of my free time. But I love reading as much as I can, particularly early 20th century American literature. In my opinion that time saw some of America's greatest writers. I also love the ocean and spending time with Susan and my troublemaking Labrador retriever, Joe. He's a monster, but a lovable monster.

Favorite local restaurant or place in the community. I have taken a great liking to Jimmy's Old Town Tavern. It's not the typical pretentious Northern Virginia bar and it reminds me of a small town hang out. Also, it's the only place I have ever found in Virginia that serves Polish food. I love pierogies, they were the first dish my grandmother ever made for me when I was a kid.

What brought you here? Great location and a nice community.

What did you want to be when you "grew up?" I always had the ambition to be some kind of an artist. I started writing comic books at a very young age, and dabbled in drawing. So writing, I think, is really what I was heading toward. I never dreamt of being a computer analyst though, that just kind of happened. But hey, it pays the bills.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully writing full time.

Personal goals. My biggest career goal is to do what I love for the rest of my life — write novels. But as for general life goals that are equally, if not more important, I want to be a good husband — which I will be tested on very shortly — and an even better father, as I am very much looking forward to parenthood in the coming years.