More About the Author
Robin Mayhall is a public relations professional with more than 20 years of experience in business and feature writing. She lives in Louisiana, writing speculative fiction and poetry in her "spare time," with occasional help from her cats.
Mayhall is an accomplished copyeditor who has worked on books ranging from children's and young adult self-help texts to the Newbery Award-winning YA novel "Echohawk," published by Clarion Books. Her own first young adult book (and first graphic novel) was "The Quest for Dragon Mountain," released by Graphic Universe in 2011. The book is part of an acclaimed series for younger readers, called "Twisted Journeys," that reminds Mayhall of the "choose your own adventure" books that were a craze when she was in her own YA reading phase. After turning a few pages, the reader is offered a choice--say, run from the monster or stand your ground and fight--and must turn to different pages to see the outcomes of the different choices. This means the book can be read over and over in numerous different ways.
Her second book, the YA graphic novel "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not," was published by Graphic Universe in 2013. The book is No. 7 in a series of eight YA fantasy graphic novels based loosely on classic "monster tales," such as the story of Frankenstein's monster, vampire lore, zombie stories, and in the case of Mayhall's story, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Mayhall set this horrific tale of an uncontrollable evil twin in a central Texas high school.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Mayhall attended college at The University of Texas at Austin, and she lived in Austin for another 10 years after graduation. She fell in love with the climate, geography, history and culture of central Texas, and she became fascinated by the obsession with high-school football as depicted in the movie and TV series "Friday Night Lights." She had always wanted to write a story set in the Texas Hill Country, even after she moved back to her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2001. She loved being able to combine that idea with the Jekyll-and-Hyde story in a YA graphic novel as "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not."
Mayhall has written poetry off and on since her early teens, but she discovered science and science fiction poetry about 10 years ago. A particular interest is astronomy poetry--she has written extensively about Jupiter's moon, Titan, among other heavenly bodies--but she also writes fantasy and horror poems. Her work has appeared in print and online publications such as Scifaikuest, Astropoetica, Strange Horizons, Tales from the Moonlit Path, ChiZine, Ultraverse, Abyss & Apex and The Shantytown Anomaly. Her first published poem, "Mother of Atlantis," was nominated in 2005 for the Rhysling Award given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association (www.sfpa.org). Since then she has seen a second poem nominated for a Rhysling.
Her most recent poetry publication came as part of a group of 22 poets who created a joined cinquain, released in 2014 by Elektrik Milk Bath Press as "Confessions: A Nightmare in Five Acts." Each poet took his or her turn five times as the poem was circulated among them for more than two years by editor Joshua Gage. Mayhall, who usually writes free verse, enjoyed working in the formal cinquain poem type and the dark fantasy/horror genre.
Mayhall is currently working on two fantasy novels and a series of poems comparing astronomical bodies with elements of Catholic ritual. She works full-time in public relations and dotes on two nephews and two cats. When she wins the lottery, she will build a "green" writing studio/cat rescue/retirement home in the Texas Hill Country and write full-time, with several more felines to supervise. She never stops dreaming.