David-Matthew Barnes is a best selling author, playwright, poet, and screenwriter. He writes in multiple genres, including mysteries, thrillers, women's fiction, and young adult. He writes horror films under the pen name Declan Mayfair and contemporary romance novels under the pen name Wren Valentino. His award-winning screenplays have earned many international accolades, including awards at the New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam, the Play Film Festival in Paris, the Sunday Shorts Film Festival in London, and the Changing Faces International Film Festival in Sydney. For his scripts, he also also received a Los Angeles Film Award, a New York Film Award, an NYC Indie Film Award, a European Independent Film Award, and recognition from the Atlanta Comedy Film Festival, the Colorado International Film Festival, the L.A. Shorts Awards, the NYC Horror Film Festival, and the Rome International Cinefest. He was named the 2017 Grand Prize Jury Winner at Film Invasion L.A. for Best Screenplay. To date, he has written over fifty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in ten countries. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. Having lived around the world, he calls Chicago his hometown.