Robin Yocum was born in 1955 in Steubenville, Ohio, and grew up in the in the Eastern Ohio village of Brilliant, a river town that was either named after a glass factory, or because a nail factory once lit up the night sky with a brilliant light. No one seems to know for sure.
Robin is the son of a steel worker who had little tolerance for indolence, and who would roll out of bed before work and pound ground balls to his aspiring second baseman. Robin carried papers for the Wheeling Intelligencer, pumped gasoline at Stewart’s Pennzoil, mopped floors at the Minuteman Restaurant, baled hay, drove a truck, and worked as a night janitor at the Steubenville Country Club, a job that greatly reinforced his desire to graduate from college.
Robin received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University in 1978. After two years at the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette and the Martins Ferry Times Leader, Robin spent eleven years as a crime and investigative reporter with the Columbus Dispatch. He received numerous writing awards, including those from the Associated Press and the Press Club of Ohio.
He has three children: Ryan is a producer for ESPN-U; Ashley and her husband operate and event rental business in Ludington, Michigan, and Jaclynn is the head volleyball coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Robin and his fiancée Melissa live in Westerville, Ohio.
A Brilliant Death is Robin’s third novel. Publishers Weekly called it an “engrossing coming-of-age mystery” and “a satisfying portrait of boyhood friendship.”
Robin’s first novel, Favorite Sons, was named the 2011 USA Book News Book of the Year for Mystery/Suspense, and was a Choose to Read Ohio selection for 2013-14. His second was the critically acclaimed, The Essay. He also is the author of two nonfiction books: Dead Before Deadline, and Insured for Murder, which he co-authored with Columbus Dispatch colleague Catherine Candisky. He is the principle of Yocum Communications in Westerville.