Dave Robbins has been actively writing fiction for nearly 30 years. The settings of his novels is the 1960s. His first published novel, “The Tu-tone DeSoto” (2014), introduces eight teenagers growing up in Iowa. A young adult novel, the story focuses on the kids’ relationships with their parents and among themselves as they come of age during the veiled turbulence underlying The Kennedy Years (1960-63). His second published novel, “The Reverend” is a crime mystery centered around a serial killer-priest in New York City, 1963-4. A third novel, ‘The Weight of Indifference”, is set in San Francisco and Vietnam during 1965-68. Though the protagonists in the books are introduced in “The Tu-Tone DeSoto,” and they make up a loose series, the novels are written as stand-alone stories.
A former publications art director/designer, he is also an independent publications strategist. Robbins has co-authored two design reference books: "Motion by Design" (Laurence King, 2006) and "Visual Effects Artistry" (Elsevier Press, 2009). He currently presents a lecture/discussion series entitled “The 1960s: Revisiting a Crucial Decade.” He also teaches a course/workshop in fiction writing. Many of his students have blossomed into the writers they never thought they could be. His reward is the nurturing of such talent. He is also a frequent guest on local radio and TV interview shows, where he discusses the 1960s and the effect of media upon culture through history.