David L. Robbins, author, educator, playwright, essayist

David L. Robbins

     Dear Readers,

     Welcome to my website. Here you'll find lots of info about my writing and the writing life, plus my new projects, stage plays, teaching, charities, opportunities and ideas, pratfalls and peaks. There's a full  collection of articles, interviews, and advice for aspiring writers I've penned over the years. My blog is frequently updated with what's going on in my life, head, and heart, as well as the page. Also, you can follow me on Facebook.
      Please feel free to contact me directly. I'll answer all emails as quickly as I can. 
     Thank you for reading and supporting my work and life. Be well, don't forget to be active and generous in your own community, and let me hear from you.
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David Robbins is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He has penned twelve novels. David is also the founder of three Richmond-based non-profits: The Podium Foundation, James River Writers, and  The Mighty Pen Project.

Latest Project

I'm currently at work on another historical epic, this one set in the violent days between 1945 and 1948, during the creation of the state of Israel out of Palestine. I hope the work, which will be called Issac's Beaconwill be a timely novel, helping to further our understanding of the issues between Jew and Arab, Israeli and Palestinian. Look for it late next year. 
With my hero and friend, Tom Robbins
Opening night of The End of War, and my birthday, March 10. 

Upcoming Stage Play

My newest play debuts at the Gottwald Theater here in Richmond at the end of January. It's called The King of Crimes, about the Aaron Burr treason trail in John Marshall's court. Tickets are on sale here.

Stage Plays

On the past four years, I've written and had produced three stage plays: The End of War, Sam & Carol, and Scorched Earth. Here are some images and videos from the productions. If you represent a theater company and you're interested in a press package and/or scripts, please contact me.           
               The End of War, 2017
And here's a radio interview with Public Radio focusing on the music selections in the play, all preformed by a live onstage cellist. 
                  ​Sam & Carol, 2015
              Scorched Earth, 2013

Recent Awards

At the end of 2017, I was honored to receive two separate awards. The first came from my hometown newspaper, The Richmond Times Dispatch, where I was named one of twenty-five honorees as Person of the Year. Take a look at the very flattering article and interview: Person Of The Year

Next, I was blown away when the Virginia Commission for the Arts named me one of two Most Influential Literary Artists of the state of Virginia for the last 50 years. Take a look: 50 for 50

Latest BOOMER Column 

Here's a link to my most recent article in Boomer Magazine. I've had the back page for about seven years; the column is called Native Son. Boomer lets me write whatever I come up, and my head gets to wander. Also, below, you'll find a link to more and previous articles and essays. Enjoy, and let me know what you think. 

Recent Works

Completing the four-book  Pararescue Jumper series, The Low Bird  ​is a Vietnam War tale, based on a true story, about the largest rescue of a downed pilot in the war. This is a fitting and fast-paced farewell to my series about the most elite and highly-trained unit in the U.S. armed forces, the PJs.
The third in my  pararescue series takes LB and Wally into the South African savannah, where they find themselves imperiled by a rhino poaching syndicate.
The second of the PJ novels takes place in the Saudi desert.  LB's  willingness to save an enemy is the only thing that can save his own life, and his PJ team.

My First Book

I wrote this book at the outset of my career, back in 1996. It's a fantasy love story about a couple who are perfect for each other, if only they could trust. She wants to know he'll love her forever and needs a commitment from him to demonstrate it - and what's more committed and permanent than nine fingers?

Advice and Columns 

I've written advice pieces for budding writers, given interviews for publications such as The Writer Magazine,  and  many articles in Boomer Magazine, a free publication in the Richmond area.
Here's an article on my writing techniques and strategies in WRITER Magazine. 
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For the last six years, I've had the back page of Boomer Magazine, a column I call Native Son.
Click below to read some book reviews I've penned, as well as some recent interviews with me. 

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