Born and raised in San Jose, California, L.D. Freitas attended Catholic schools for sixteen years, graduating from Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, and Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He received a teaching certification from San Jose State University as well. L.D. got involved in surfing after attending the University of San Diego during his junior year in college, and along with playing rugby, both sports became a focus for the recreational part of his life. He's always been an ardent reader of literature, and includes William Boyd, the late Graham Greene, and John Grisham as his favorite male writers, and Pat Barker, the late Sue Grafton, and the late Anita Shreve as female fovorites. Historical fiction is his favorite genre of writing.
"My preferred subject to teach was English, though I also taught history, and I assigned quite a bit of reading to my students beyond the curriculum, to stoke a love of the written word, and then have them write about what they wrote afterwards, to learn, in effect, what they learned from any story. I loved reading to my students as well, as it was my chance to actually 'perform,' in a sense, to act out with words the story I was reading. Now that I'm retired from teaching, though I still substitute now and then, and as I had spent so many years reading and correcting the works and words of my students, I realized that it was my turn to write a story.