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 years ago, R.B. moved to Pennsylvania. After earning a graduate degree at Temple University, he settled into a quiet suburban life befitting a market researcher.
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 profoundly influenced his writing.
R.B. lives with his wife, son (21), and daughter (18) near Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Both his children attend college. This leaves R.B. plenty of time to spend with his wife, as well as write YA/NA fantasy 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 a high school’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.
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, July 2019)