R.B. Shifman is a husband, father, writer, and market researcher by day. Raised in South Florida, he studied Creative Writing at the University of Miami. Thirty-one years ago, R.B. moved to Pennsylvania, where he earned a couple of graduate degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia. After this, he entered the healthcare market research industry.
R.B. Shifman relaxing on Coronado Island, California, far from his home in Pennsylvania
Like most authors though, R.B. never stopped reading and writing for pleasure. Fantasy writers, E. Nesbit and C.S. Lewis influenced his writing.
R.B. lives with his wife, son (21), and daughter (19) near Doylestown, Pennsylvania outside of Philly. Both his children attend college. This leaves R.B. plenty of time to spend with his wife, as well as write MG/YA/NA fantasy, horror, and scifi stories.
“Everyone Leaves This Place” represents R.B.’s debut YA/NA contemporary fantasy novel.
Other interesting facts about R.B. – In high school, he was a wrestler, and he spent seventeen years coaching youth wrestling. A rabid University of Miami Football fan, R.B. is the founder of the All-CANES Christmas Cookie Team; pictures of past years’ winners can be found on his Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/rshifman3/?hl=en
Recently, in Spring 2020, R.B. was honored to be an ONLINE, special guest instructor for Central Bucks High School West’s Creative Writing class in Doylestown, PA. He discussed the drafting/writing process, hooks, the mechanics of good writing, and other topics with the students. A download of the material reviewed is available here:
R.B. Shifman can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/rshifman.
Archives of R.B.’s musings can be found on his blog at: https://rbshifman333.wixsite.com/website (Including helpful posts about SUCCESSFULLY managing the QUERY process)