David Kranes writes both fiction and drama. The National Tree is his fifth novel. Also a playwright, Kranes’ work has been performed and broadcast throughout the U.S. and internationally. For fourteen years, he served as Artistic Director for the Sundance Playwrights’ Lab. A university professor and casino-industry consultant on matters of design, theme, and space, he lives with his good wife Carol in Salt Lake City, and sees no reason to leave.