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