David L. Robbins
Novelist, Educator, Playwright, Essayist
About the Author
David L. Robbins was born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 10, 1954. He grew up in Sandston, a small town east of Richmond out by the airport; his father was among the first to sit behind the new radar scope in the air traffic control tower. Both his parents, Sam and Carol, were veterans of WWII. Sam saw action in the Pacific, especially at Pearl Harbor.

In 1976, David graduated with a B.A. in Theater and Speech from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Having little actual theatrical talent, he didn't know what to do for a living. David decided to attend what he calls the “great catch-basin of unfocused over-achievers”: law school. He received his Juris Doctorate at William and Mary in 1980, then practiced environmental law in Columbia, S.C. for precisely a year (his father demanded back the money for law school if David practiced for less than one year – he quit two weeks before the anniversary but got Sam to agree that the two weeks' vacation David had accumulated could be included). David decided to attend Psychology school, having an affinity for people's stories and a fascination with woe. However, while waiting for admission in 1981, he began a successful freelance writing career. He began writing fiction in 1990, and has since published fourteen novels. He is currently working on the fifteenth, an epic of historical fiction about the founding of the state of Israel, between 1945 and 1948. He has recently had his third stage play produced, an adaptation of his novel, The End of War. David intends on writing more scripts for live theater.

Robbins is an accomplished guitarist, studying the works of James Taylor and Latin classical. At six feet six inches tall, he stays active with his sailboat, shooting sporting clays, weightlifting, and traveling to research his novels. He is the co-founder of the James River Writers, a non-profit group in his hometown of Richmond that helps aspiring writers and students work and learn together as a writing community. He also co-founded The Podium Foundation, a non-profit which brings writing and critical reasoning programs to the students of Richmond’s city high schools. in 2015, he founded The Mighty Pen Project, a writing program for Virginia's military veterans. David teaches advanced creative writing as a visiting professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's Honors College. David resides in Richmond.