I’m often asked if I always wanted to be a writer. The answer is, no, I didn’t, although I loved books and stories even before I could read. In fact, I went to my first day of first grade with only one goal in mind — learn to read. When they didn’t teach me how that very first day, I told my mom there was no point in going back. Fortunately, my mom knew who was boss, and I did go back to school.
When I was young, what I wanted to be most in all the world was a movie star. I’m sure my closest friends all nod their heads when I say this, knowing my theatrical nature. I took ballet for seven years, and I was in various theater productions, both in school and as a young adult.
My storytelling career began in grade school when I told my fifth grade friends that my mother was born in a covered wagon while coming west on the Oregon Trail. It seemed plausible. My mother was, after all, 47 years old at the time. My word! Had they even invented the wheel when she was born? (Mom lived to be 96, so I had plenty of time to realize how young she was at 47!)
Fast forward to high school. I was a compulsive writer, scribbling stories and poetry in notebooks and on binders. This wasn’t work. This was fun! Writing could transport me to any place, any time. How cool.
I am also a lover of horses and bought my first horse when I was fifteen. I spent many years thereafter riding, competing, and raising them. Although I haven’t owned a horse in much too long, my daughters and granddaughter have their own horses and I get my enjoyment through them.
Marriage and family filled the decade of my twenties. I read voraciously. I daydreamed. In my mind, I reworked the endings of both movies and books any time they didn’t suit me. I performed with a Christian theater troupe.
Then I got an idea for a story, a Gone With The Wind type saga. I talked about it with others for about six months. Finally, I sat down and began to write. I wrote long hand on yellow legal pads and typed the pages on the office Selectric typewriter during lunch hours and coffee breaks. Nine months later, I had a book, and a little over two years after that, it was published.
The rest, as they say, is history. After nine years of writing whenever I could find a spare moment, I quit my day job the month my ninth novel was released in order to write full time and have been at it ever since. These days, the nest is empty. My daughters are grown with families of their own.
Life isn’t always easy, but God is always good.
I am blessed, indeed.
Robin is a gifted writer whose novels unfailingly stir and challenge readers’ hearts.
— Francine Rivers, NYT bestselling author
The Official Biography
Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. She discovered her vocation after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles.
After fifteen years writing for the general fiction market and a change in her own heart, Robin began to write stories that included her Christian faith and values.
Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and many other awards, she is also a recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from both Romance Writers of American (2001) and American Christian Fiction Writers (2014). Robin is the author of over 75 novels and novellas.
Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Hobbies include Bible art journaling, decorative planning and knitting. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon puppy named Boo and a persnickety tuxedo cat named Pinky.
Whenever I want to fall in love again, I pick up a Robin Lee Hatcher novel.
— Francine Rivers, NYT bestselling author
Robin’s stories are always an adventure of the heart! She is one of the premier storytellers of our day.
— Karen Kingsbury, NYT bestselling author
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