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Robert W. Walker is a graduate of Chicago's ells High School, Northwestern University, and the NU's Graduate Masters in English Education program. Rob has taught writing for over in all of its permutations ("All writing is creative writing but not all writing sings," he says)from composition and developmental to a study of the literary masters to creative and advanced creative writing. His first

Background Information

While born in Corinth, Mississippi, I grew up in Chicago, IL., so I was witness to crime long before anything else. At an early age, 12-13 perhaps, I began writing as most do, to gain some control on the chaos of life. I was drawn to stories and films having to do with the unusual, the arcane, the bizarre and curious from Ripley's Believe it or Not to Twilight Zone to Science Fiction Theater (that dates me) and the hugely entertaining One Step Beyond which purported to deal with "true stories" of the strange--and they were strange. I found myself struggling with an attempt to write YA historical fiction of the coming of age variety I so loved--Huck Finn, And in fact my first novel, written as a sophomore in high school was a Sequel to Huckleberry Finn! I was that young, foolish, and brash (and angry at Twain for not having written the sequel). Amaxingly, never givign up on any of my concepts, seventeen years after DANIEL & THE WRONGWAY RAILWAY was written, I did in fact sell it--but not before doing a complete rewrite AGAIN to make it more dramatic and commercial. This didn't happen until I wrote a straight "spoofy" mystery/suspense, and that process I recommend to anyone who wants to write--plot a mystery! It teaches more about writing in quick time than any other genre can. This only came clear to me after doing my own first Mystery-suspense novel intended as a spoof but published as a "straight forward" and unapologetic action-adventure, Sub-Zero (about how much I made on the deal). I believe anyone writing and wishing to publish in the NYC marketplace should sit down and write a mystery, as mystery teaches more about plot & plotting than any other category of fiction. My greatest influences have been too many to list, but I'll give you the top of the list: Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Alexander Dumas, Martin Cruz Smith, Thomas Thompson, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, and more recently Patricia Cornwell, the person who finally unmasked Jack the Ripper (cudos to her!). I am also now reading the strange tale of Elmer McCurdy--history of an American outlaw. I am in midst of working on a screen play as well as my next novel.

Birth Place
Corinth, IL USA

Most recently, my novel Unnatural Instinct won teh Readers Choice Award (a hefty marble statue) for best suspense novel of 2002 at the Love Is Murder Readers and Writers Conference in Oak Brook, Illionis, sponsored by the College of Dupage. I have won a teaching excellence award from Bethune-Cookman College, a couple of writing awards from the Florida Freelance Writers Association for fiction and non-fiction,
and I've seen many of my books printed in Chech, Polish, Japanese, and "British English" editions. But the best reward--other than good sales--for me has to be seeing students succeed and grow and sometimes go on to publication. I "won" the "roulette-wheel-lottery" we call publishing first in 1979 and after a slow start, I have been pulbishing every year since. My most recent titles are Unatural Instinct (hardcover), Blind Instinct (hard/soft), Bitter Instinct (hard/soft in April), Cold Edge, Double Edge, and Cutting Edge (all paper), and due this Fall -- Final Edge. Also out now is Fire & Flesh done under the Evan Kingsbury pen name. Since it's listed as horror, it should be on the shelf between King and Koontz! I hold a Masters in English Education, and I hold up my pubishing record as my Ph.D, as I chose to teach and write rather than continue on for a doctorate. I like to think of my published works as filling that void.

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I am currently hard at work on the next Instinct title and toying with a new series idea involving Chicago at the turn of the century. I am taking a film script writing class, and homework means producing a screen play, so am not too involved with events at the moment, but I will be on panels and signing books at the Murder Is Love/Dupage, ILlinois College sponsored writers conference at the Marriot nearest the campus on FEb. 9-7. Information regarding this even can be had at 630-942-2208. I'll also be at the Marriot Downtown Chicago Feb.2-4 for the Illinois Gifted Students Conference there at the Royal Fireworks Press booth again signing copies but this time YA historicals not hysterical horrors. Horror comes in June. A scary bunch from Horror Writers of America will man a booth at June's Chicago Book Fair. I'm acting as a lynch-pin to pull this off.

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R.Walker/Instinct Ink.
The Cherry Weiner Agency 
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