Robin Dobbins graduated from California State University at Hayward in 1972 with a BA degree in political science and two years later attended graduate school at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Aside from the academics, both hobbies and other experiences (some job related) have influenced his writing.
Among his hobbies have been competitive amateur bodybuilding, youth athletic coach, drag racing, and sports editor of the local newspaper (Deer Park Progress). Robin gave up the dream of appearing on stage at the America upon the realization that a life of extended steroid use was imminent even at the amateur level. He coached youth football and basketball at the 8-11 age group and baseball from the age of seven through high school. While at Stephen F. Austin he was the pitching coach for the school’s first ever baseball team. The drag racing days occurred during the muscle car era where he drove the famous 426 Hemi in a 1971 Dodge Challenger. As sports editor, he was able to make celebrities out of boys and girls of all ages.
Although not always by choice, most experiences have been life-changing, character building, and changing the lives of others. A back injury from an automobile accident on one occasion and an elbow injury on another prevented a professional baseball career. A more rewarding experience came as a Big Brother (Houston, Texas) where he befriended a 10 year-old boy. For 28 years Robin has been employed as a chemical operator for Lyondell Chemical Company, and during that time he managed to become a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, as well as a Certified Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist.
He has a lovely wife (Janel) of 38 years and three wonderful children (Robin David, Jeff, and Luke).